Bridges and Balloons

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This new comedy from Rob Skinner and the delightfully named Daisy-May Pattison-Corney (who also directs) follows the ideological and romantic intrigues of a student house.


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I went back to see the play again . Rich language and so many ideas to take in. I found myself ruminating on the view points afterwards. Great production. Loved the split stage. Some very funny one-liners and the end scene was shocking. Great drama.

This is a play which is charming, political and funny. I whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to see a unique blend of modern, student satire with serious political drama. All framed within a setting that is devilishly claustrophobic this play uses magical, philosophical ideas to elevate its characters from their surroundings and to develop them on a much deeper level. The script is never too serious, always retaining an unpretentious flair for imaginative philosophical concepts which inform rather than dictate the characters. It also contains snippets of cutting yet hilarious portrayals of Mancunian student life (my favourite is the character who, when attending a 'traffic light party' is 'like, totally randomly dressed in green'). However, the actors rise to the challenge of portraying students in a way which refuses to conform to stereotypes. Although this satirical level does exist, this play seems to me (in my very humble opinion) to say a lot about freedom. What is freedom and how do we define it, especially when we are constantly told we are free? Although the play raises these questions, its firm basis in a temporal setting with lovable (and hateable) characters means that we are left to make our own conclusions. And rightly so. If there’s one thing that this play DOES teach, it is that we ought to consider our own psychical trajectories, and to live by our own rules which come from the basis of our own thought.

I saw the play last night, it was wonderful. A very well written piece, energetic and engaging cast, there were laughs and tears! A well rounded snippet of student life with a good dollop of thought provoking philosophy. Not just one for the kids.