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Doing Time With Number 5 (Late Bloomers Production)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

In a story about the bond between a father and daughter, Clare Pickering’s one-woman play documents the difficulties faced by families everywhere when confronted with long-term illness, but also the warmth and humour that can be found in even the worst situations. The show is an ode to her father’s memory and life just as much as it is about raising awareness about Alzheimer’s, and Pickering is a capable, charismatic and talented storyteller and performer. In fact, the show only stumbles when Pickering indulges in more theatre-esque tropes, such as fake quiz shows and chats with God. A bitter-sweet commentary about families in crisis, it is both a celebration of lives lived and the grief caused by those lost.

Spotlites @ the Merchants’ Hall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]