Never None (but She)
- Adam Bloodworth
- 9 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Poetic and feminist show that looks at the environment
Asterglow Theatre have created a lovely image at the heart of their inaugural show. Set on a minimal, twinkly stage, three female protagonists are tasked with saving the stars in the sky before their depleting numbers inevitably shroud us all in darkness.
As well as being a show about female empowerment, there's an environmental message, and the urgency with which these women are fighting to put more stars back into the sky is a nice metaphor for the continued struggle to save the real environment.
Never None (but She)'s young female and non-binary cast deliver their passionate message with moments of deft physical theatre. There's a particularly impressive opening sequence, although more of that would have helped with pacing if it were spread throughout the show in place of the numerous moments where simple choreographed movement is paired with choral music. The choral singing has a haunting quality, but the format veers toward repetitive.
During moments of delivered speech, the three protagonists – Pan, Lilla and Tansy – discover that their shared inner powers can work as a force for change in a darkened world. Every now and again, the show's neighbourhood anti-feminist pops up, declaring that all women should leave the decision making to the men. But even non-progressives don't, for the most part, think women should be seen and not heard in 2019, so an updated anti-feminist character written with a little more nuance would have felt like more of a relevant, and believable, illustration of the show's concerns.
Still, there's a real sense of urgency coursing through this piece of experimental theatre, and the company most impressively convey the idea that each and every action counts.
theSpaceTriplex, 19–24 Aug, 11.55am, £10 (£7).