Pick Up (3 stars)

Pick Up

Drugs and their dangers

The ensemble cast of Uninvited Party are full of energy and wit: this dynamic, short and fragmented look at addiction covers a life wasted through alcohol and a career threatened by cocaine with compassion and a style that marries choreography and short scripted scenes. While it never rises above the presentation of drug abuse as a social evil and fails to delve deeper into the characters – the young design student is a stereotypical tortured creative – it presents the scenarios fairly and with a fluid impressionism that keeps the narrative rapid and concise.

Pick Up is a morality play, and does little more than calculate the activities of the addict: when a daughter confronts her mother, there is little emotional power, since the arguments have not been weighted to anything other than an ultimate condemnation. The few lighter scenes – a night out on a binge is depicted with dramaturgical cunning – lend some context to the stories, but it becomes an unrelenting series of horrible moments, culminating not in tragedy but a mundane failure of care.

Uninvited have an enthusiasm and sense of dramaturgy that captures the more excitable moments of drug use, and this seems to be moving towards a distinctive style of physical and spoken theatre: the moral righteousness of their treatment of this subject, however, does not quite break through into finding their perfected form.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, run ended.

Pick Up

  • 3 stars

The Uninvited Party Pick Up. An intimate piece inspired by the collective truth of living with addiction. The Uninvited Party excavate through the Dirty laundry of both the direct and indirect victims of dependency. Through physical and tactile expression, Pick Up offers an insight into a fast, free flowing observation…

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