Alicia (Yolanda Mercy) understands the millennials – swipe left/ swipe right, talk in emojis and never pay full price. Her life is one of discounted responsibilities and disengaged apathy. If Mum doesn’t know the answer, then Siri or Google will. She goes to lectures and has a computer to dictate her notes, so she can nap. But she’s sharp, she’s funny and she spouts words of truth like a preacher who we all pay rapt attention to. Mercy gets the disillusioned twenty-somethings; we are promised that life will be easy but in reality, we face a future with no clear direction.
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Rehanna Macdonald is desperate to find out who she is, discover her identity and her heritage. But all she can hear is the voice of Idi Amin laughing at her from beyond the grave. Her parents fled Uganda to escape one of history’s most notorious dictators and settled in Dundee – it was the only place with no waiting list for relocation once they made it to the UK. MacDonald has grown up with a tough skin and a broad accent, full of pace and power as she opens The Last Queen of Scotland by running away from a fight in a nightclub. But she can’t shake the feeling that her tormentor is constantly at her back in Jaimini Jethwa’s punchy script of longing to belong.
Jemima Foxtrot loops lines of verse, sounds and noises around and around, until they build up to an indistinguishable din. It’s the clamour in our subconscious mind, the multiple threads of stories that never get the chance to finish before new ideas, thoughts or streams of narrative invade and take over. Jokes are never finished; childhood memories are overwritten and even recognisable snippets of pop culture are left on cliff-hangers. Jemima Foxtrot’s spoken work poetry keeps us Above The Mealy-Mouthed Sea, but doesn’t often coalesce into anything more than atmospheric white noise.
Daisy (Sarah Milton) gets her first flush of success at the swim meet and the endorphin rush is exhilarating. Maybe that’s why Milton talks so fast for the majority of Tumble Tuck, instantly likeable but often tricky to follow. She’s a swimmer hoping to break into the big leagues. In the water she’s free from suffocating mothers or bitchy fellow athletes or pushy coaches or murderous ex-boyfriends. It’s a shame that the real world has to interfere really.