Bear Hands

Theatre (comedy, on demand)

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  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Studio Brunel, student-led company founded at Brunel University London
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Strong language/swearing, Accessibility/potentially sensitive content: Content warning for mentions of violence, murder, animal death, sex. No on-stage violence.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Description

Presenting Bear Hands, new writing by Gatlin Perrin. What is the most convenient way to kill? What are the ethics surrounding a murderer who’s also vegan? Why is it so easy to get dry cleaners to scrub ludicrous amounts of blood out of your good clothes? Crew and creatives include Ibtisam Boucheloukh (Director), Bradley Barnes (Producer), and Alex Farrow (Sound and Light Technician). Cast and Characters: Alexia Chrysostomou as Ratchet, Alex Walker as Cog and Sarah Paul as Spanner.

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  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

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Nic Lawton (co-founder of Expial Atrocious theatre company) 44 days ago

"You don't want to bite through skin. Think of the mouth feel."

Gatlin Perrin's new play was an unexpected gem of a show. The comedic quips shared between the three-strong cast was presented well, and I could clearly see these characters becoming more real over the course of the show. Each actor suited their character extremely well, and I felt all three did a pretty decent job at letting us into Ratchet's, Cog's and Spanner's world of assassination.
Using Uno to decide who should 'do the deed' was a great theatrical device that I 100% believed these characters would use to determine who would be the one to get their hands dirty. Or salty.
Ratchet (Alexia Chrysostomou) constantly face palming because of the dumb things their friend was saying was hilarious and a nice character detail. Moments like this really helped to paint a picture for the audience of how these three people interact and how they really feel toward one another. I also thought Spanner (Sarah Paul) was a ray of sunshine amidst this world of death, and their monologue about their tragic backstory was wonderfully presented. You could see them reliving the moment with a new sense of disgust and I felt this was an earned and grounding moment for Spanner.
Though Cog (Alex Walker) was quiet at times in terms of line delivery, they definitely represented the strong silent one of the trio. Their backstory was also very heartfelt and was a real highlight for their character as they discussed something that was clearly still distressing to them in the moment. And the same goes for Ratchet. Their final decision at the end of the play was a powerful one, leaving the stage without a single word to go and do the unthinkable as part of their job. All in a day's work.
While this very refreshing and delightfully witty comedy was playing out, I couldn't help but feel a sense of unease. As we're witnessing this very amusing and emotional conversation, something much darker is happening just off-stage and I like that much of this is left to the imagination of the audience.
Overall, I really enjoyed this play and would love to see it developed further!


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