• Amy Toledano

Love (Watching Madness), Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Three

What Is It?

A powerful one woman show, that explores a mother-daughter relationship that is strained and burdened by bipolar disorder.

What Is It All About?

Isabelle Kabban presents the raw and heartbreaking effects of bipolar disease by bringing this real life story to the stage.

Playing both herself and her mum, we witness the years pushing down on both characters, as her mother gets worse, and in turn, so does everyone else.

There are bursts of light, music and erratic movement throughout that give the sense of immense pain, or frustration, bubbling below and ready to burst.

As the show carries on, her mum refers to a tub of water, full of scraps of notes and memories, that symbolise the floating, lethargic nature of her thoughts.

It is a rollercoaster of emotion that fills the audience to the brim with Kabban's overwhelming love for her mother.

How Did It Make Me Feel?

This show took me by surprise. I was not expecting such a delicate and intelligent piece when I walked into the space. Lovely direction by Ruth Anna Phillips, this company have created something really special.

Kabban's acting is fantastic, as we feel from moment to moment the switch between mother and daughter, with small gestures of her hands and a sense in her eyes being enough to define them.

Her stamina is also impressive as she pushes the boundaries on what the classic one woman play structure has to be.

Anything Else?

A very personal and special piece of work here, Love (Watching Madness) is an excellent, intimate piece of theatre.

Amy x

Love (Watching Madness) is playing at Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Three until the 26th August 2019.

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