Writers: Ali Pritchard, Allison Davies and Pip Chamberlin
Director: Ben Dickenson
Reviewer: Gemma Hirst
We see the homelessness around our cities all the time; a sensitive and sometimes embarrassing subject, the public tend to pass by. Thanks to Alphabetti Spaghetti Theatre, the issue was brought front and central at Live Theatre allowing the audience to be exposed to the truth of what it is really like to be homeless.
In response to Paddy Campbell’s Wet House, the short How Did I Get To This Point drama opens up the eyes of the North East audience and makes the issue of being homeless very real. Performed in a traverse theatre, it is a new piece of theatre which is based on the actors research and conversations with homeless people. It follows three homeless people who tell their stories of how exactly they got to this point, and is brought together by extracts and clippings from logbooks, facts about the homelessness and opinions and reactions from the audience.
How Did I Get To This Point is a thought provoking piece of theatre which gives us a window to what life is really like, especially living on the streets. I did not realise how completely unaware I was to what it means to be homeless, but now I fully understand and want to support those who are in this difficult position.
Not a documentary or piece of art trying to preach to the already converted, the play is a true representation of peoples stories. So as to confirm this, the actors make us aware of each scene such as announcing “act 2, scene 3” and repeat this throughout to reaffirm to the us that it was only a play and not the actors direct opinions.
The use of the public view is appreciated, listening to vox pops from the actor’s research and from what the audience has to say, truly hits you hard as these issues directly affect not just the people in the North East but in the UK. You hear it on the news, but when you are exposed to it and it is performed in such an intimate venue, the themes are intense. As mentioned in the performance, it is useful to remember that we are only two pay cheques away from being homeless ourselves.
Runs until: Thursday 25 September