• Amy Toledano

Random presented by Klaxon Productions

What is it? Random is a one woman show written by Debbie Tucker Green about one random act of violence.

What is it all about?

One day, one family, and one random act of violence. Random looks at the way people’s lives can be pulled apart by a violent act. 

How did it make me feel?

This play is impeccably staged. The design from Ebubechi Amanda Okpalugo is moody and atmospheric but somehow sits perfectly in this domestic setting. Sound from Alex Wilson compliments this well, a scratchy almost Sci-Fi soundscape that injects energy and feeling into this piece. But the star of the show is undoubtedly Francesca Amewudah-Rivers who has the entire theatre in the palm of her hand from the moment she steps into the light. She has an incredible physicality that is unique and transparent as she switches flawlessly between the members of her family. Amewudah-Rivers is absolutely one to watch out for and I expect to see her on bigger stages very soon. The only slight drawback is Debbie Tucker Green’s script which feels almost maliciously inaccessible. She makes you work hard for every scrap of information, demanding your attention in such an aggressive manner which comes across as arrogance. It is also slow moving at points, running at what feels longer than sixty minutes. 

Anything else?

This is a stunning production of a pertinent play. The night I attended was sold out and I can only hope it continues as such. Random is an important watch. 

Serafina x

Random is playing at Tristan Bates Theatre until the 14th December 2019.

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