Writer and Director: Chris Goode
Reviewer: Glen Pearce
The recent election has sparked a resurgence in debating and caused people to stop and think about what it is they really believe in. For many that belief will stay just in their head, a set of notions that the think about but don’t act upon. For another group, however, they are prepared to go that extra step and stand up for the cause they believe in.
Chris Goode’s verbatim piece for six voices gives us an insight into the world of those who strive to make a real change. There may only be six actors on stage, but theirs is a collective story of activism both large and small on a range of subjects.
Some of their causes are deeply personal. The woman who looks to adopt abroad, the man who wants to save a boatyard from being redeveloped. Some are more large scale – a protest against BP’s sponsorship of the World Shakespeare festival.
Whatever the cause it is carried out in the firm belief that its for a better world. We may not agree with every cause being championed, but we have to admire the courage of the participants convictions.
With just six podiums, backdrops, bar stools and script stands, Goode and his company of actors (Kelda Holmes, Spencer Brown, Gwyneth Strong, Cathy Tyson, Lawrence Werber and Goode himself) provide a compelling 70 minutes. There’s an inevitable thought of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, but this is a piece that stands on its own feet.
If there’s one small drawback with the piece it is that, while we get to know the causes these voices believe in and the steps they take for those causes, we never fully get to know the person behind the campaigner. We get some glimpses, but some of the power is lost by not knowing the everyday person behind the protest.
That said it’s a gripping and engaging piece that shows the human side of protest and that it is indeed small steps and personal sacrifice that ultimately change the world for a better place.