Adrift


Citizens Theatre Young Co. production
Scottish Youth Theatre

3 Stars (3 / 5)

It is not what reasons a man has to want to take his own life that is important but what keeps him alive.

Cammy is sent into the sea of nothingness to decide whether she should return to familiar shores a little visible on the horizon or to go further out where no pain can reach her. Adrift uses symbols such as a captain and helm to, paradoxically, intelligibly explain what is going on inside Cammy. Here, the metaphorical fight between death and life turns into reality. Together with funny remarks it creates a necessary distance to consciously reflect audience’s own thoughts and feelings from demonstrated ones.

The play, regarding Cammy’s future, while not always bright, converys a clear message. Reasons to come back to shore are not necessarily the nice moments ahead, but trust in ourselves that we can change the direction of our life wherever we want.

Director Neil Packham creates locations in a black box with few props. All of them are defined more with actors’ actions that dressed up in sailor striped T-shirts represent restless sea or hospital room. Even though there were differences at levels of acting, overuse of vulgar words at intense moments and few minor flaws, A Citizens Theatre Young Co. managed to narrate the story with a great enthusiasm that professionals sometimes loose while gaining their craft routine.