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One Way Out (No Table Productions)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

When his group of schoolfriends gets into trouble, Devonte gets suspended. His friends try to help him move past it, encouraging him to apply to university to ‘maximise his potential’. This is a drama of systems and bureaucracies, and some of the central characters are documents: brown envelopes with A-Level results, a missing passport. It’s also a story of friendship, as Devonte’s encounter with the racist British state turns his ‘one way out’ into a one-way ticket away from home. The drama of that injustice, and of Tunde, Salim and Paul’s reactions, is wrenching, and Shem Hamilton (Devonte)’s chemistry with Marcus Omoro (Tunde) drives the show forward. The writing’s thin, though, with a lot of ‘telling’, and the staging oddly static.

Underbelly, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Alexander Hartley]