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Peace News log archive: April 2017

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Jon Lockwood reviews Leon Fleming's recent play

Leon Fleming's new play concerns a brother and sister growing-up and living in Birmingham trapped in the clutches of an uncaring welfare system. The story is told with flasback scences from their childhood, mixed with the contemporary tale of two people being processed by The System TM and trying to survive. It is a grim tale, but not without moments of comedy, but those bittersweet moments come from the past rather than the relentlessly grim present of our protagonists. Their lives now trapped within the uncaring bureaucracy.

The play was staged at The Hope Teatre, a 50 seat studio theatre above the Hope and Anchor pub, and it was heartening to see a full house. These smaller venues are the breeding grounds of talent. This play was a brave choice. I don't want to be too critical because these stories need to be told. I really wanted to like it; the performances of the two actors, Helen Budge as "Her" and James Clay as "Him", and the production overall are excellent, but it left a sour note. If you are actually living in the hellhole of the dull grind of poverty, then turning the misery into a dramatic work that will sell t‪ickets for a nights entertainment is a bittersweet experience.

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