The Guy, the Girl and the Thirsty Old World
WORDS BY ABBEY LENTON
Everyday this week, Verge Festival has covered this campus in student creativity. And although SUDS spotlights the ideas and imagination of students year round, this week has particularly seen a boom in risk taking and originality.
‘The Guy The Girl and The Thirsty Old World’ is an original play that sees young actors step into the shoes of those very far from themselves. The plot is rather odd and convoluted, but this makes it all the more fun to follow along.
A world of commendations must be given to Rosie Licence for not only directing, but writing the play herself. The first year student shaped a narrative that was foremost experimental, but also very mature.
Across the board, the cast were notably quite young and very accomplished. Many of which were playing powerful characters in their fifties. ‘Not just another show about teen angst’ was stated very self-reflexively by one of the characters. The performance was particularly testing for Angus Neale and Sophie Colbran, who played the emotion-heavy protagonists. Elliot Ulm was a pleasure to watch, forming a wonderful bond with the audience. Izzy Azzopardi brought a lot of sentiment and growth to what began as a small part. Similarly, Jodi Rabinowitz did a great job of setting the scene. Each cast member was given their own opportunity to truly explore their character’s emotion and have a little fun with it, as seen when Harry Licence, Joshua Wooller and James Mukheibir had the audience genuinely cracking up.
As with all original scripts, the play could certainly have used another few pairs of eyes to refine and enhance it. Turning words into human emotion is difficult enough without knowing that you are the first ever to do so. If the show was to ever return, I think we would see the same clever narrative but moreso sharpened and shortened.
The Guy The Girl and The Thirsty Old World was an impressive original script brought to life by a cast of eager and open-minded actors.