Dead and Breathing
The Albany Theatre, London
Seen on February 21st, 2018
Reviewed by Jade Prince
I loved every single moment of this show! And that is incredibly rare for me to say!
I was lucky enough to have been invited along to the UK premiere of ‘Dead and Breathing’ at the Albany. This dark comedy introduces you to Carolyn who is dying of cancer and wants nothing more in the world than to die. An affluent lady is now in the care of her nurse as she has no one left to turn to. The harsh years have spoiled Carolyn’s nice nature but one confrontation between her Christian nurse, Veronika, could be just the thing needed to change all of that.
Lizan Mitchell (Carolyn) was out of this world. Her performance was breath taking. So believable, emotional and raw! It was so beautiful to experience in such an intimate venue. The only person I have seen of that level is Imelda Staunton. She continuously topped her previous scenes.
The show its self was initially a little slow to start with but once the momentum was there it was very enjoyable. I was a little apprehensive at first as to how this show would work what with the topic and given synopsis being very dark. Although the comedy throughout was great! It was so naturally incorporated into the script.
The reveal Veronika made 15 minutes towards the end of the show was completely unexpected (I won’t reveal what it was) and just when you thought the story was over it took another drastic turn and brought it straight back to life, ironically!
Inspired by the show, its the first show with so much life that I have seen in a long time. To start off with I found the story a little dated. That was until Veronika’s reveal and then the whole dynamics were flipped. There was so much relevance which is still seen within todays society and the different generations.
Chisa Hutchinson writing was so engaging. At no point during the show did I feel my attention slipping away. It was gripping. Even one scene with no dialogue for the whole duration of a bed being stripped and made, I was on the edge of my seat watching each character like a hawk. It was great at seeing more of their characters
Side note on Chisa Hutchinson: I personally adore anyone who, on their website, has the tab entitled “awards & shit”
This is one of those shows I shall be raving about for a while! Definitely find the time in your busy schedules to se this one. After all, it is its UK premiere and I predict that it will be the biggest thing everyone will be talking about next year!
The show runs from now until March 3rd and for more information of this show which you need to see ASAP, just head over to https://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2203/Theatre/Dead-and-Breathing