Sam Rees and Hannah John pictured above as the Man and Woman.
In his new play, Where is Ban Ki-Moon? Writer Sam Rees has tackled depression is an unusual style that I have not seen performed before. Nothing quite prepares you for the energy and passion he pours into this emotionally fueled 60-minute play.
The interactive performance art slips from well-rehearsed outbursts of rage to describing how the couple met, the volatile love story between them and the strange relationship he builds up with the online scammer called Ban Ki-Moon aka Michael.
Rees has added some clever metaphors in describing the symptoms of depression, for example, the woman describes herself as “wired differently ” to the gruesome “wall of spikes” that one day we all might hit.
Every part of the stage is utilized during their performance and the recorded soundtrack of their conversations allow the audience to understand how the couple’s relationship functioned. Despite the sadness of depression, they were very much in love with each other. The chemistry between Hannah and Sam on stage adds to the dramatic effect that this play has to offer.
There are hints that the woman played by Hannah John commits suicide during the performance. However, this plays seems to be set in a postmodernist genre and the audience is left to decide for themselves. Clarity as to whether she did or not isn’t important. Raising awareness of this destructive illness is.
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