The Nobodies – The Pleasance, London

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

Writer: Amy Guyler

Directors: Sam Edmunds and Vikesh Godhwani

The Nobodies have decided it’s time to take back power and redistribute the wealth. Although their methods may be questionable – it’s hard not to root for them.

The local hospital is being sold off to make way for yet another Pret a Manger and more high-rise flats that are too expensive for anyone on a normal salary to live in. People have had enough, broken by the policies and gentrification that have kept them locked into their static existence. Failed by the government and kept down by the bourgeoisie, the hospital is the last straw.

Rhea needs to keep her job there; she struggles on her salary enough as it is. Aaron’s mum is ill and if the hospital gets sold, she’ll be sent 30miles away to the next one. Curtis, although educated, is still struggling – using A&E as a place to sleep each night. They have nothing left to lose; so even if lines get crossed and people get hurt, do the ends justify the means?

It’s difficult to find the words to sum up how incredible this performance is because it ticks all the boxes! The Nobodies couldn’t have come at a more apt time. The big wigs clapping on their doorsteps for the NHS while simultaneously lining their pockets with bonuses – writer Amy Guyler showcases these political injustices with enthusiasm. While the storyline is an obvious commentary on society and has more than enough dramatic moments , there’s still a huge element of humour, balancing out the politically charged narrative perfectly. From the fantastic prop work to the brilliant sound design everything fits like a glove.

Joseph Reed (Curtis), David Angland (Aaron) and Lucy Simpson (Rhea) do a sterling job, evoking the emotion and vigour within each of their characters. The chemistry and choreography between them is mesmerising, dominating the small room with their huge personas. This high energy storyline could quite easily get watered down by some actors – but not this talented trio. From on-stage Zumba to quick character changes, they don’t miss a beat. They create such an atmospheric environment that you will be able to feel the collective chill that runs down the audiences’ spines at key points in the performance. Loud, emotive, engaging yet still managing to be hilarious amidst such a dark story – these three will go far.

Only thing to be wary about with this performance? You’ll leave with so much passion and energy at the end of it that you might end up starting a picket line right outside the theatre. One thing you could definitely protest for is a longer run for this fantastic show.

Runs until 28 August 2021

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