ED2019 4/5 Reviews ED2019 Theatre Reviews

How Not To Drown (Thick Skin, Traverse Theatre production with Tron Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2019

A large square of wooden decking is raised above the floor, tilting and turning at points in the show, looking like the deck of a ship rocking from stormy waves. It’s the perfect setting to capture the turmoil of this true story. Exploring the life of a refugee boy making his way through the British care system, it’s a powerful piece, made even more so by being narrated onstage by the man whose tale it is. Having the ensemble take turns to play his younger self perfectly showcases how this is a universal experience for so many refugees. Although the play suffers from trying to fit a lifetime of experience into a limited time, the stunning visual elements bring a great vitality to the play.

Traverse Theatre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Izzy Cutler]