EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: DUST, Underbelly
"I think this is the end". The opening line rings out a clear message. Alice is dead. She has to remember how and why. To do that Alice must take us back through what she remembers of the last three years.
With only a table and three mirrors on stage, Milly Thomas takes us on an unexpectedly funny at times and yet heart-breaking story of depression, suicide, family and the crater it leaves in the lives of all those connected.
Alice can only watch as her family, friends and boyfriend cope with what has happened. Milly Thomas embodies all characters with distinct mannerism and demonstrates physical versatility smoothly as she moves from one character to the next. Thomas is truly a tour-de-force in both acting and writing.
At the core of this story is quite a simple message, depression and suicide does only affect one person, it affects all those around you, loved ones and friends alike and will do for years to come. As Alice discovers all the things she is now missing out on a line escapes her lips quite quickly and as if it is almost thrown away on purpose "Why did I leave all of this".
An impressive and moving show about a very important subject - a must see.
Timings and ticket information for Dust are available on the edfringe website.