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Share a beer with the expats as they return from Malta
Drink Rum with Expats is many things. On the surface, it's the conversational retelling of two British actors exploits in Malta. Underneath that it's a commentary on immigration and our attitudes between European and non-European migrants. Even further beneath that are the harrowing events surrounding the political assassination of Daphne Galizia.
Through this layered approach performers, Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole, manage to accomplish a few different effects. One, Drink Rum with Expats is endlessly engaging. For the most part, this is a real-life anecdote that would fit in well being told at the front bar of any pub. Becca and Lou's energy and enthusiasm give the story it's character and charm. Emphasis on the quirky small details like their Maltese friends' dictator's wife look, the local pub's obsession with Ollie Reed, or descriptions of the dozen unique characters they came across. It's this attention to detail that gives Drink Rum an entertaining and off-the-wall edge. It's also this detail the produces the second effect.
Drink Rum with Expats lulls you into feeling comfortable before hitting you hard. There are some dark and severe themes. Political topics that need to be called out. As I said before, Drink Rum is a true story to the letter (mostly). Two British women are called to Malta by a friend and have a grand time with a number of other Expats at the pub. Yet all around them refugees are being sent back or just drowning in the seas around Malta. Malta is full of foreigners, even Australians, that are welcomed with open arms even while the sea swallows those who have something to truly fear from the home they run from. Drink Rum has lots of fun and merry moments that allow for the terrible things that are actually happening to sting a bit more.
The third thing that Drink Rum with Expats pulls off is to open your eyes to a truly horrendous atrocity. On the 16th of October 2017 journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was the victim of a political assassination. In the closing moments of Drink Rum, Becca and Lou make a sharp swerve in their generally jovial performance. A dreadful act is given a dreadful presence as they let the atmosphere of what has happened sink in. The actor's talent of mixing these highs and lows is exemplary.
Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Expats is a stirring and jarring experience. Exceptionally funny yet just as poignant. It takes an important and essential message and delivers it in the best way. It is performing at the Holden Street Theatre until 15th of March. Find tickets here.