'Our Country's Good' at Birmingham Rep Theatre - May 2018
'The Story of My Life' by Spareroom Theatre at Theatre Royal in Bath - April 2018
‘The Story of my Life’ is a two-man musical that follows the story of Tom Sawyer as he struggles to write a eulogy for his late best friend. The whole play is set inside the mind of Tom as the memory of his best friend physically manifests and recreates significant events in both their lives. It was an extremely moving musical as the audience see the character’s journey from children up to adulthood.
Upon entering, the audience see the stage (on ground level) which includes a desk with two chairs and lots of shelves with books and paper littering the space. The theatre is also extremely small which supported the play’s intimate setting and emotive storyline. There were also lots of random objects like clocks and picture frames to symbolise all of the memories Sawyer has. As soon as I walked in I felt like I was entering a bookstore; the stage was amazing!
The play opens with Tom attempting to begin Alvin’s eulogy. He is then interrupted by the memory of Alvin as they both recap their first meeting in first grade. After lots of singing and crying (from both the audience and the actors!), the musical does a full loop back round to present day as Tom emotionally realises the impact his best friend has had on his life and ends with him reading the beginning line to his friends eulogy.
This musical had a set of beautiful, funny and emotional songs alongside two amazing performances. I was very moved by the storyline and admired the ability of both of the actors to perform alongside just each other; if you see this musical being advertised anywhere else, I would definitely recommend making the effort to see it (but make sure you’re prepared to have a little cry).