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Departures – A Song Cycle (Verismo Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 7 August 2014

“You might change your life just by saying hello.” In an age of advanced technology, it can sometimes be a struggle to make a connection with the person sitting beside you. ‘Departures’, a new musical, expresses this idea and encourages people to look up from their phones a little more. Eight strangers in a tube station slowly start interacting, breaking down barriers and personal bubbles, expressing emotions through song and searching for something real. The characters are based on real people interviewed across the UK, making the show especially poignant. This amateur production was touching and funny, working well in the intimate space, but it overstated the central message of the story and was platitudinous in places. Yet, an ambitious and enjoyable show overall.

C cubed until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Keara Barnes]