It is always inspiring to find a group of fiercely talented and committed young students creating new and exciting work.
At The Egg, the Level 3 Performing and Production Arts Course reflect on their studies and present “Our House is on Fire”.
Whilst there are several ways of interpreting the narrative, the plot revolves around Martha’s (Lauren Maslen-Stevens) increasing isolation from her friends and society due to her overwhelming anxiety and terror of the world outside invading her home.
She is surrounded by a world of well-meaning friends who try various ways to get her out but simply do not understand or listen to her desperation.
The narrative unfolds with bold movement, original music and stunning imagery. The opportunity to collaborate with regional professionals no doubt has informed so much of this work and the results are outstanding.
The potential terror of the world to young people is brought into sharp perspective and the effects that this can have on emotional and mental health.
The perpetual questioning of everything is understandable and in turn moving.
Directed by Julia Head, part of Bristol Old Vic’s young directors programme, the imagery is strong and pace relentless. Designed by Molly Hawkins, the set unveils surprises throughout and the static staging ensures a cinematic quality to the piece.
Performances are powerful and the company work seamlessly together. This is impressive work and reflects the depth of talent of the students who have clearly made full use of the outstanding resources and individuals throughout their course.
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Reviewer: Petra Schofield
Our House is on Fire, devised by Bath Theatre Academy and directed by Julia Head, was at the Egg Theatre in Bath on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May.