By Amy McCombes
Based on the real experiences of anxiety and OCD, Scribble tells the story of Ross who is a character suffering from these mental health conditions, and how he copes with his daily life by eating bran flakes.
Alan Mackenzie plays Ross; telling the audience about his experiences using metaphors to explain his emotions while asking them questions about how they may relate to the story. A guest actor, Sean Langtree in this performance, was given a script at the start and has the role of introducing the play, later becoming Ross’s inner voice as his thoughts turn very disturbing. The set was very basic with few props, the majority of the story being told through the actors’ narration and interaction with each other.
I thought the acting was amazing considering little rehearsing was done prior to the performance. Having experiences of anxiety myself, I found that the way in which mental health affects the brain was explained in a realistic way. Although the venue could have been more accessible and some of the story was hard to follow, I would definitely recommend it and give it four and half stars.
**** 1/2 FOUR and a HALF STARS
Amy 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 Amy here.