Saniya Saraf is dazzled by Suffragette Theatre Company’s collection of monologues, ’48 Hours’, showcasing innovation, talent and hope in the midst of lockdown.
Suffragette Theatre Company’s monologue showcase dazzles and delivers nuanced theatre in just 48 hours. Seven actors perform and direct one other monologue to give the audience a series of performances, each unique in its delivery and theme. The showcase’s marvel is its very nature itself – giving both participants and audiences the high that theatre has been missing during lockdown.
Beginning with Tom Murray’s monologue from ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, right from the onset viewers know they are in for a ride. With impeccable comic timing combined with an unwavering performance, Murray performed authentically and engagingly. The backdrop and sound compliment the monologue, wrapping the performance up brilliantly. Follows is a monologue excerpt from ‘Hangmen’ by Martin McDonagh, which is well delivered by Giorgia Laird.
Some fantastic direction is seen in the monologue from ‘Love and Money’, with the filming being done from above as Ben Smart delivers his monologue lying in bed. This is an interesting tactic by Laird, the eccentric quality of which ties incongruously with the theme and character of the monologue itself. Ben Smart is successful in bringing this to light by his adept delivery and believable performance. This particular monologue unquestionable leaves the audience wanting more. Miriam Templeman does an engaging portrayal of her character in her monologue from Tracy Lett’s, ‘August: Osage County’, though the performance feels unnecessarily dramatic in parts.
My favourite of the lot was undoubtedly Alexander Cohen in the monologue excerpt from ‘About a Goth’. Hilariously brilliant in every aspect, this performance uses an engaging voice over as the character portrayed by Cohen ruminates lying in bed. Incredible in both editing and backdrop, Cohen matches the skill of the direction elsewhere with his impeccable comic timing and hilarious performance.
Aaron Rozanski is nuanced in his acting, in an artfully delivered monologue from ‘East’. The sound in the backdrop feels incongruous, and a bit jarring; however, one does not dwell on it as the performance is consistently engaging.
Aarnav Tewari-Sharma gives the audience a clever and unwavering performance. Presenting and playing with subtext proficiently, his monologue from ‘Icons’, directed by Tom Murray feels rightfully put in the end, as it leaves the audience revelling in its sophisticated delivery, much like all of the other performances in the showcase.
The talent and ability that the nature of this showcase brings forth is marvellous and hopeful in its message; theatre adapts to its circumstance and it does so wonderfully. The professional quality of each one of the monologues is unquestionable and the efforts of the production team have been proven undoubtedly successful.
’48 Hours’ is free to watch and available to stream until the end of Tuesday 2nd March. Find out more on Suffragette Theatre Company’s social media.