Writer: Adam McNamara
Director: Joe Douglas
Reviewer: Daniel Cawley
Stand By is an exceptionally well written and powerful piece of theatre from the pen of former police officer Adam McNamara, who reverently conveys to the audience the warts and all portrayal of the all too often hidden aspect of on the ground police work.
By looking at the strength of character of four very different personalities and how their work impacts on their personal lives, this helps humanise the people behind the uniform who, as authority figures are often perceived as indifferent and emotionless to these qualities.
With much of the action taking place within a simulated, dimly lit police van, the play, on this occasion expertly directed by Joe Douglas, draws the audience in even further through the unique and innovative use of amplified earpieces. These allow the audience to hear radio broadcasts in sync with the actors and immerses them in the tension felt by police officers on call.
With some hilarious comedic moments and strong physical theatre elements this is a show not to be missed and thoroughly deserves the rave reviews received to date.
So, don’t stand by and let this one escape, catch it while you can.
This review was written as part of the Tron Ambassadors programme. The Tron Ambassadors scheme gives pupils aged 14-17 the chance to be behind-the-scenes at a working theatre. It enables young people to make a deeper connection and gain a better understanding of the industry. As well as providing participants with opportunities to take part in workshops, tasks, and interviewing and observing industry professionals. Scotland Editor Lauren Humphreys led the reviewing workshop as part of this year’s programme.