• Amy Toledano

The Grim presented by Quietly Fighting Theatre

What is it? The Grim is an adventure packed promenade play through The Grey of Waterloo. 

What is it all about?

You have just died. But The Grim is willing to strike a deal, you get more time in ‘The Grey’ if you find them a name. If you don’t, your name goes in the big book and you become dead dead. 

How did it make me feel?

The Grim is not for the faint of heart. You are running around Waterloo, a lot of the time by yourself. Completing various challenges and talking to horses to find out information. The first conversation you have, with the white horse, is particularly terrifying and you are forced to make some tough moral decisions. Towards the end of the show, the plot takes a hard 180 and becomes about something else entirely, something even more blood curdling. Although there are no jump scares or spooky faces, The Grim is at best intriguing and at worst petrifying, both in the narrative and themes of the play. The entire cast are very strong. Stand outs are Amelia Parillon playing The Red Horse, a warm and welcome respite from the harsh outdoors with a meandering accent and a strong grasp on the rules of a game you can’t play. Also Alice Merivale as the Black Horse, a horror-movie-Dory who propels the story forward with force and grace whilst forgetting everything she knows and everything that happens. The Grim is written by Liam Flemming and James Farrimond. The writing is great most of the time, giving you large amounts of information in succinct, effective and entertaining ways. I do wish the big 180 came a little earlier in the show, so it wasn’t quite such an abrupt ending. I do understand the decision for it to be a last minute addition to an otherwise whimsical script but it makes the final scene a very difficult decision, not morally, but out of confusion.

Anything else?

The Grim is for the intersection between Theatre Lover and Adventurer. A mischievous and pertinent show, definitely worth seeing.

Serafina x

The Grim is playing at VAULT Festival until the 16th February 2020.

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