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Is This Thing On?

Susan Prior as one of five Brianna's in Is This Thing On? Pic Brett Boardman
Susan Prior as one of five Brianna’s in Is This Thing On? Pic above The five versions of Brianna- from left to right Fiona Press, Madeleine Benson, Susan Prior, Nat Randall, Genevieve Giuffre

Aged between 15 and 50, five women share the stage at Belvoir Downstairs at the moment. No, that’s not quite right. Five performers share the stage as one woman. No, that’s not quite right either. They are all the one character. And they don’t really share the stage, they coexist on it. Actually, there’s a lot of beer in this production, I may be confused.

IS THIS THING ON, directed by Kit Brookman & Zoë Coombs Marr, is the story of Brianna. Misnamed by a long gone mother for the song ‘Rhiannon’, she has a misplaced drive to make people laugh. We meet her 15 year old self at her first stand up gig: a misfit staring into the spotlight. Things don’t improve much as we meet her at about 20, 30 and 40. Or when we encounter her 50ish self, trying to make a comeback after a spectacular implosion. This a convoluted and time shifted production with these 5 Briannas co-existing and interacting with each other. Continue reading Is This Thing On?