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"Two people, trapped in a room. One is almost finished but the other is not yet ready. The other will be ready, but just not yet." and so opens the haunting production of I Hope it's Not Raining in London that is showing at the The Butterfly Club from the 8th July until the 13th.
The audience starts with the same level of understanding as one of the characters, but as events unfold, we quickly piece together what is going on, and what it means for the characters. A little more is revealed each time an item appears, bringing with it stress or happiness or something else entirely.
The space the characters find themselves in is physically small and that brings with it a claustrophobia that one needs to make peace with. For the audience, at times, that feeling envelopes us in the tension too.
For all traumatic events that we witness, I felt quite delighted at the end, having watched a complicated yet visually pleasing puzzle be solved. The play is funny and poignant and I couldn't help wondering what would be in my boxes?
I Hope it's Not Raining in London premiered in July last year and has returned to tour some major cities and regional areas. It is produced by Bearfoot Theatre, a youth managed not for profit organisation, giving voice to young artists.
Directed by Riley McLean, one of the intriguing aspects of this work is that the cast rotates roles. Every actor plays every role in different combinations over the course of the run, which would bring a very different experience for the audience if they were to watch it again.
Nicholas Thoroughgood also wrote the play and it harks back to the Theatre of the Absurd movement of the 1950s. It's an impressive debut play for a very young and clearly talented writer.
Please note this play contains strong language, adult themes, violence and suicidal references. It does have some very confronting moments. Suitable for ages 14 and up. Also note that the Butterfly Club is a licensed venue. Under 18s can only attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.