Review: LeftField Theatre Company's Modern Living @ Porter'sÂ
Thursday 22nd May 2014
I have gotten to know LeftField Theatre Company and its creator Rowena Moreno this year for some script reading and performances for the future. Two years in the making, she has created Modern Living, a stunningly bleak one-woman-show (which has been tried with both genders) looking at mental health and the breakdown of marital relationships when children are involved.
This is very realistic and you feel that the character is feeble and pitiful, but has a determination to tell the audience of her wows and somehow find a conclusion (even one as sad and menacing as this). Its concise nature could be expanded if an audience could bare any more of this woman's predicament. A film version would help broaden the pressing themes and help stamp on the stigma that exists with disability today.
Sadly, this was by far one of the worst audiences I have been in for any show. The amount of childish giggling and immature behaviour throughout (as well as in the Q&A afterwards) was spoiling a very honest and important piece. Some audience members felt their laughing was an attempt to deal with the disabilities of the character, which was highly inappropriate. However, this was not the case as the laughing mainly came from their own fooling around, as very poor audience members. I do hope not to be in an audience like this ever again.
If the show is near you soon, then you should see it, sit down and contemplate your own insecurities, and be grateful for your own privileges.
To book Modern Living for your venue call 03336663366.