By Mairi Therese Gilfedder
Amy Conway is LOVELY, she is such a lovely woman to interact with for an hour. And, luckily for the audience, the show is interactive!
The premise of the show is that Amy is playing an 80s style video game. The aim of the game is to avoid falling into the void of despair. We, the audience, assist her along the way, being the good guys and the bad guys, giving her bananas for energy and reading out self-deprecating statements (swiftly followed by Amy bopping us on the head with a blow up mallet!). But the show is also about depression; Amy uses the allegory of the computer game to talk about her own depression in a subtle and honest way. And on top of all of this, there is a really clever twist which keeps the audience engaged to the end.
Usually, when people talk about depression, they bang on about it, or try and give you advice. Amy managed to create a show that was both positive and engaging, and gave the audience practical tools for dealing with depression.
It was brave and bold and, as someone who has experienced depression, left me feeling a lot better about myself.
***** 5 STARS
Mairi Therese is reviewing on behalf of get2gether, all of our reviewers have lived experience of disability and are reviewing from their unique perspective. Find out more about Mairi Therese here