REVIEW: Things I Know To Be True

“No one’s perfect, not even your family….”

Both hilarious and heart-breaking in equal measure, Things I Know To Be True really hits where it hurts. A story of the pressures of finding your identity in the world and the expectations parents place upon their children, the play uses honest monologues, harsh dialogues and beautiful physical theatre to explore the truths of family life.

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Aside from the moving and relatable storyline, this piece was gripping from start to finish; largely due to the raw and emotive performances of the cast. Made up of a number of well-known names in theatre, TV and film including Two Pints’ actress Natalie Casey, and Ewan Stewart who played the First Officer William McMaster Murdoch in the Titanic, the actors were full of gritty emotion and impressive fluidity of movement. The physical elements of the play brought gave the whole piece a spellbinding effect. By contrasting delicate movements with strong lifts and supporting holds, the physicality brought a welcome break to the hard hitting dialogue and beautifully reflected the strains, support and warmth of the family network.

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Having studied Frantic Assembly in A-Level Theatre Studies, the tour of Things I Know To Be True to the Playhouse Theatre was an incredible opportunity to see one of their plays in real life… and it most definitely didn’t disappoint. They made the audience laugh and cry, and leave the theatre in a reflective frame of mind, through the sheer beauty of the physicality and the stunning imagery created.

If you would still like the chance to see Things I Know To Be True, it will be showing over the next three nights at the Playhouse Theatre. LJMU students can go for just £5 tickets – contact the Box Office to get yours now!

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