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Mission Abort (Therese Ramstedt)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

‘Mission Abort’ is a one woman play about Therese Ramsted’s own experiences having an abortion, following her story from the moment she falls pregnant to the aftermath of the procedure. She speaks truthfully and without judgement, adding nuance to the cultural conversation around the subject, while it’s the small practical details that make this piece work – from feeling unable to have a gin & tonic, to unhelpful conversations with counsellors. The soundtrack didn’t always successfully support the narrative, but the moments where Therese Ramsted sings herself are full of grief and heartbreak. The audience interaction is for the most part stilted and unnecessary, and the show is sometimes lacking theatrically, but ‘Mission Abort’ opens up an important conversation with bravery and honesty.

Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Lizzie Milton]