• Amy Toledano

Check In/Check Out Presented by Outside Edge Theatre Company

What is it?

True accounts from people in recovery from their addictions. Structured in the form of the 12 Steps of Recovery that are used by alcoholics and narcotics anonymous.

What's it all about?

Devised by the company, the show layers stories of addiction and recovery, as this group of people come together to create a multi-faceted piece of expressive theatre. The stories are varied and unique and the honesty drips from their every pore. The show is loosely based on the 12 Steps To Recovery, and through each of these steps individual accounts are explored and reflected upon to paint the world of addiction in a way that is genuine and humanised.

How did it make me feel?

The beautiful thing about this show is its freedom and ability to let go. Check In/Check Out re-introduces the power of theatre to the audience and reminds us of its brilliant therapeutic properties. It is clear from the beginning that the members of this company have all worked incredibly hard to be in the place they are now, and their commitment to the show is rife throughout. This show is not about getting the lines perfectly every time, or about Oscar winning performances, but rather, giving those in recovery a platform to have their voices heard.

Anything Else?

This show truly is a lovely one to be in the audience for. The stories are open and inclusive and give a great, humanistic quality to a corner of society that is often brushed aside.

Amy x

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