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Roslyn Oades celebrates opposites in this warming work of verbatim theatre. Wrought from interviews and lengthy conversations with 18 and 80-year-olds, Oades has created a unique portrait of contemporary society, seen through the hopeful eyes of youth and the experience of age — in their own voices and with their individual vocal tics and particularities of speech. Wisdom and foibles are present at both ends of the spectrum — humour and pathos exist throughout.
The skill in this moving and original script lies in its craftsmanship; interviews are edited into taut fragments that reveal profound truths about being human. The poetry of everyday language never gives way to stereotypes. Conversations that might have seemed slight, resonate long after reading them. There is comedy aplenty, but Oades resists parody as she juxtaposes the characters’ experiences of looking forward and looking back. Ultimately, she is only interested in looking deeper.
Key image photography / Andrew Curtis