‘Exit Everything’ was a highly engaging and thought provoking theatrical experience. To me, it personified what the Anywhere Festival is all about – marrying the perfect venue with a clever, intriguing performance. The Guitar Village was visually appealing with its rows upon rows of guitars and musical instruments, making it the ideal backdrop for a play about the music scene and dying. The space was intimate and very ‘cool’ to hang in. It felt like a get together with friends, drinking, listening to music and discussing the important things in life – favorite songs, obsessions, memories, anxiety about dying and dreams of being a rock star.
Presented by Little Sister Productions with a cast of 3, Bridget Mackey, Georgie McAuley and Andrew Dalziell ( musician), this one hour performance was a roller coaster of vignettes, all loosely connected through the subjects of death and/or music. The talented actresses had us all entranced in their monologues, often with direct address and eye contact to each of us in the audience. It was very intimate and a little confronting at times yet the performers’ enthusiasm was infectious, as was their emotion intense. There were many musical and band references that kind of went over this reviewer’s head but the content was still highly relatable and powerful.
The two actors each played a range of characters, but namely an anxiety driven woman who due to her search for the truth about death, invents her very own Death guru who guides and frustrates her, and a rock star obsessed female. All of these little scenes had wonderful live musical accompaniment with Andrew playing guitar and keyboard in the background and sometimes, forefront. The music really helped to capture the scene and add to the atmosphere.
I really enjoyed the journey ‘Exit Everything’ took me on. Do go and see this creative, clever piece. It is well worth it.
By Melissa Learmonth