Having gone to a rough school in Australia, Sarah Kendall recounts a tale from a day in October, beautifully intertwining histories to create a heart-wrenching chronicle. Invisibility is a key tactic with regards to avoiding bullies in a high school, with Kendall becoming well versed in the art of distraction and avoidance. This seems to go to plan until runty George Peach shows up on the scene sharing intimate moments with the comedienne, as it emerges that they are the last ones on the school bus home each day. Knowing that talking to Peach in front of others is social suicide; Kendall keeps her distance, until one fated afternoon in which George Peach dies for exactly 11 seconds. What unfolds is a narrative journey, provoking thought, emotion and laughter.
This talented storyteller shows us just what's possible with the power of words, highlighting the significance of friendship, the realm of regretful thinking and love. The performance was utterly compelling, how one human can create that much tension and emotion in a room full of now captivated strangers escapes me.
Whilst it wasn't perfect for reasons which I cannot disclose in fear of leaking key plot points, not to give it five stars would be robbing it of one it deserves.
Sarah Kendall: A Day in October is on everyday August 12-16th 18-31st at Assembly George Square Studios, (Venue 17) at 18:45. Suitability: 12+. Tickets and more information can be found here.