Under The Radar by Jonathon Crewe
What is it?
An under water two-hander about the conflicts between gender, tradition and modernity.
What is it all about?
This adventure starts in the docks of a small village in Norway where Lee (Eleanor Hill), a quick witted reporter goes to find Captain Martin Christensen (Nicholas Anscombe) in the hopes of finding the story that will prove once and for all what a great journalist she is. They immerse themselves not only under water inside Christensen’s submarine but also in a metallic universe where their masks come off and their true colours are revealed.
How did it make me feel?
I must confess it took me a moment to submerge myself into the story. The beginning feels a little slow, with a lot of information to process but this device actually did really well as a preface for what was coming.
This story is not a surprising one and has been told many times before, tending to perpetuate clichés and stereotypes about both genders. that we as a society are trying to change relentlessly.
We witness the usual, a woman that gets carried away by a situation (and a rather large amount of alcohol) only to find regret the next day (sound familiar?). We also see this same woman being judged by the person who, manipulates the situation entirely. Every word, every action, every drink he pours holds the same intention, to throw shame and guilt at her the following morning. Interestingly, when the time comes for him to face the consequences of his actions, he manages to justify every single one of them.
These justifications are given for himself typically, and as an audience member I was perplexed listening to the same misogynistic and sexist speech we have heard time and time again.
What is intriguing about Under the Radar is that it is also a mirror image of our society. It made me feel uncomfortable because, as a woman, I could relate to a lot of what was happening on stage and it made me angry and frustrated.
It puts in front of us the double standards by which women and men are treated differently and it is very unpleasant. The difficulties of the piece therefore are not in the writings but, sadly in the truth of the narratives and behaviours that have unconsciously been accepted as normal.
Where is it playing?
Under the Radar is at The Bread and Roses Theatre until November the 16th (7:15 pm).
Special mention to Eleanor Hill whose performance is absolutely brilliant. She fills the audience with amazing energy, charm and wit and makes her character relatable and approachable. All this is strongly complimented by Nicholas Anscombe’s portrayal of Captain Martin Christensen who brings an edge to her warmth from the moment he enters the space.
Under The Radar is playing at The Bread and Roses Theatre until the 16th November 2019.
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