WHO IS THE JUDGE?
If your thinking Cludo or Sherlock Holmes your far from it, think along the lines of Are You Capable of Murder? I am, we all are or at least that is what To Be Creatives, wants us to think about with their adaptation of I am Orestes and I am Electra showing on the 20th – 25th August at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The production is based on mental health, and the impossibility of its recovery without seeking professional help is the theme.
The award-winning theatre writer and director Arif Alfaraz produced this wonderful masterpiece to get the provision of mental health out to an audience that suffers in silence bullying, rejection, homophobia and lack of confidence drive many people to suicidal thoughts and self-harm. The story takes you through a journey that is experienced to a whole new level, to express what it’s like being alone with oneself. The aim is to achieve getting more young teenagers seeking the right help, after suffering from depression himself at the age of sixteen. The message is “ it all starts with oneself. You are the owner of the key that opens your own happiness “ He wanted to created something that is strong, contemporary, interactive and tragedy to get the importance he states, ‘we believe in theatre, as a means to change the world”.
The contemporary version lets the audience be the judge and assist to a purge where they do not just watch; they are part of the big brother experience. Without saying a word or direct interplay, every single member of the public work as a third voice, they are the characters and as the classic chorus of the Greek Tragedy and that responsibility completes the actors in creating an atmosphere where everything and nothing is true or false. They are left with answering questions at the extreme points after witnessing the actors holding plan glass mirrors in front of their eyes, which leads directly to empathy and to judging, but who is supposed to judge? Where is Justice? What is Justice? Be a juror.
Some scenes express what’s happening to them sometimes they are doctors, invisible friends and talking to oneself – throughout the play the last thing you can be is impartial. We want the audience to judge what should I think, what should I do and to get them to talk.
The script in itself differentiates from other theatre productions with raw content and taking it to that next step with different perceptions of overthinking, and you are not yourself - imagine you have no one and asking the question of who are you – no one knows who you are. The actors are very controversial, and we see the best performances from Marta Ramonet and Arif Alfaraz with extraordinary warmth and alternately heartbreaking vulnerability and determination, respectively to get the truth out.
The truth, the truth is not what our ego had built having just our thoughts, beliefs and feelings in mind; it is something beyond, something more, but never complete.
As an artist, I always from an audience perspective.
So far, so truthful, bold and heart-stopping in some scenes shattering The last two scenes I will say are not for the faint-hearted, but it’s a fully interrogated show conveying triumphant and honesty–with the characters haunting the impossible - ensuring that bringing the texture and suffering of what effects the illness can do. This is one production that will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing, thinking and judging about who am I.
They have made this adaptation their own – even more so they offer a complex portrait of mental health and its consequences. The actors are astonishing, the script is outstanding, and the overall production is one of a kind – this is one production you do not want to miss. You do not need to be a theatre geek to got imbued through this piercingly mixture of death and life – this is a theatre piece that will leave you thinking, asking questions and most of all address the subject of speaking out about the issues on mental health.
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By Louise White / Editorial Director