Audience comments for "As the mother of a brown boy..." from Exeter's Northcott Theatre
Maggie and Julia:
Absolutely incredible: the real life situation, the wonderful choreography - tremendous!
Karen and Brad:
Fantastic! It managed to be entertaining as well as very powerful. There were mant elements to the production, but they all fitted together well. Breathtaking.
Anne and Celia:
The content was interesting and I appreciated the form, the style, the imagery, the use of physical theatre and clear movement and the professionalism of the players. I'm Head of Drama at a school in Lyme Regis and it's one of the best things I've seen.
Amazing - it had me laughing one moment and crying the next. I liked the documentary approach and it gave me a lot to think about concerning the problems faced by mixed race young men growing up. The movement was beautiful and I loved the the end where the ghost of the boy wrapped himself around his Mother.
My reaction was mixed: a fantastic topic, made more moving because it was real. Aslo I loved the boxes and the way they were used. On the other hand, I thought the text was under-worked and the whole story was too much "on a plate". The movement was certainly vibrant, but some performers seemed a bit stiff.
It's a good story, but there was a lot of information to absorb and it was hard listening to all the text. The lighting was sometimes too bright when they shone the lamps at us. I enjoyed the dancing and overall the show kept my attention.
Femi, aged 9:
I thought it was really good and emotional. The best bits were the singing and the pictures of Misha as a baby.