Snap Out Of It!
Sensitive verbatim theatre
This article is from 2013.
The representation of mental health on stage can be insensitive: many scripted dramas use it as a shorthand to explain a character’s behaviour. Snap Out Of It is the culmination of a project to give voice to those suffering, and blends poetry, music and personal stories in a sensitive and moving fifty minutes.
All of the material has come from either undiagnosed or diagnosed sufferers,and the strength of the production is in its sparse staging and honesty. There are no solutions offered, only the recounting of experiences – some distressing, others hopeful. Including episodes of trauma and some eloquent poetry, the small cast avoid melodrama or sentimentality. As they promise at the start, they merely reflect the experience of depression and anorexia.
In a Fringe full of challenging scripts and experimental, devised works, Snap Out Of It does not seek to impress – its theatricality is minimal – but this allows a more evocative show. The juxtapositions of different illnesses, and the restaging of their interviewing process are subtle: while it may not be a complete survey of mental illness, Strung Up Theatre Company are contributing to the ongoing discussion of an often hidden and stigmatised state.
C Nova,0845 260 1234, until 25 Aug, 11am, £8.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£7.50)