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Life By The Throat (Most Wanted)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2016

Life by the Throat Ed2016

‘Life By The Throat’ is a gripping one-woman show, about the life of one man. Writer/performer Eve Steele is phenomenal as the troubled, dangeous Jamie Keogh. The performance is visceral – Steele prowls across the stage, the young boy’s attempted swagger becoming increasingly real. We see him grow up in Manchester, from a young child with bad influences, who loves running and crisps, through a seemingly endless cycle of poverty, violence, drugs, theft, incarceration and addiction. The writing is poignant, taut and charged full of humanity. The story itself is tragic but familiar – an understandable, though not entirely likeable face to put to the prison statistics. ‘Life By The Throat’ is a moving exploration of how our circumstances shape us.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Gemma Scott]