Review: Wild Life at Norwich Playhouse

NNF16. Wild Life at Norwich Playhouse. Photo: Chris Taylor.

NNF16. Wild Life at Norwich Playhouse. Photo: Chris Taylor. - Credit: Chris Taylor

Wild Life is both a company and the apt title of a piece that takes the breath away – genre-defying, boundary-busting and the most innovative work I have seen so far this year.

The performers should be named as these young local singer-songwriters and actors are going places – Megan Blair, Anna Carter, Lucy Grubb, Noah Horne-Morris, Kate Maguire Buck, Sophie Mahon, Aphra McSherry-Birley, Elliouse Marie Moss, Poppy Rae Read and Hannah Websdale.

In a refreshing, amusing and fun concert like no other they present a narrative about making a show about themselves and in doing so perform their reflective, angry, joyful and original songs about their young adult lives in the contemporary world.

There's always something going on - technology, sound, images, physicality and a craft table. A giant pin board is covered during what overall is a mix of postmodernism and a good old 1960s-style Happening, with a dash of performance art and some surrealism.

This one is not to be missed under any circumstances.


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• Wild Life is at Norwich Playhouse until Sunday, May 29. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk or call the box office 01603 766400.

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