Review: Some People Talk About Violence, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Pulse Festival continues until June 4.

Some People Talk About Violence, Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre 2016

Some People Talk About Violence, Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre 2016 - Credit: Archant

It was a story of family, heartbreak, guilt and frustration, all wrapped up in chaos.

Some People Talk About Violence by Barrel Organ made for an explosive end to the fourth day of the Ipswich Pulse Festival, which has been playing host to some of the scene’s most experimental and innovative theatre.

As we took our seats in the New Wolsey Theatre on Monday night, four envelopes were handed out to spectators and it was announced that these envelopes would determine what characters the actors would be playing that night.

The cast consists of the girl, the brother, the mother and the narrator.

All we know is that the brother was living abroad with his boyfriend but he is coming home because the girl, his sister, has been arrested for breaking and entering into a couple’s house.


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The focus is on the girl, who appears to be suffering in a spiral of depression, as she sits and wastes away the days on her mother’s sofa watching repeats of The Big Bang Theory, a show that she hates.

The thing that stands out is the quality of performance given by these young actors, who switch almost instantaneously from poignant monologues reflecting on life’s challenges, to engaging in impromptu games with each other such as slappsies and cracker-scoffing.

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Standing on an almost bare set, wearing everyday clothes with minimal props or effects, the talent of the actors takes centre stage and they seem to form a genuine connection with the audience which keeps us hooked on what is going to happen next.

Some People Talk About Violence is a rebellion against the constant churn out of mindless television, the mistreatment of society’s most vulnerable people and the injustices of the job market.

And something has to be said for the narrator’s closing speech in which he reads out a letter sent from the brother’s boyfriend who decided to stay in Thailand when his partner got on a plane home to help his sister - moving, raw, real and relatable.

Gemma Mitchell

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