Sunday, 23 February 2014

Weather to Fly

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Weather to Fly
Allison Davies
Customs House, South Shields
Saturday 15th February


A beautifully tragic piece of contemporary theatre that tackles big issues from the innocent eyes of a child, Weather to Fly left me heart-broken.

With a mam in hospital, 'the one for people with broken heads, like clocks that have stopped', and a brother away in the army young Debbie is left in the care of 'Gary-Dad'. Despite never actually seeing 'Gary-Dad' he is ever present throughout the play in a sort of omniscient sense, leaving me feeling constantly on edge. The use of a child as the main character adds a more light-hearted tone to a disturbing reality which in a way makes it ever more heart-breaking as there is rarely a moment in which we forget Debbie's innocence.

Weather to Fly is the perfect representation of the importance of speaking up and being authentic. Debbie's brother Joe reminds us that life can still be hard for those who stand out from the crowd despite the fact that 'it's supposed to be alright now, no discrimination'.

Having seen Weather to Fly once before at Live Theatre I was sceptical about how the production would transfer to a larger setting, however I was pleasantly surprised to see this made no difference whatsoever. From lights down to lights up I was caught up in the storyline the separation between stage and audience was almost non-existent thanks to the natural delivery and casual staging.

I would go to see Weather to Fly over and over again, certain that it will never lose its captivating effect and I urge you to see it for yourself if you get the opportunity. Take your tissues!

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