If This Is Normal

Theatre (new writing)

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  • ZOO Playground - Playground 2
  • 14:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Chatback Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Strobe lights, Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing and references to sex and assault
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Growing up in Kilburn, siblings Madani, Maryam and school mate Alex hit it off from the moment they meet. 10 years later, playful chats about ninja turtles and bobble pens have been kicked out by teen opinions powered by podcasts, porn and politics. Still, best friends can talk about anything. So why are there suddenly so many unspoken thoughts between the three? A new play from the team behind last year's critically acclaimed show Lost in Thought (**** Scotsman) about teenagers crashing into the modern world.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Through main door and down a short corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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AdrianDeane Brannen-Jurgenson about 9 hours ago

This piece understood what I couldn’t about how to possibly do justice to the subject of consent: real and fully-developed character dialogue. “If This Is Normal” still found a stylization, to fit its subject, in the form of quick direct address to the audience ever in time with he speed of thought appropriate to the moment of the scene. This was so effective and gave the audience a taste of the truth of the magnitude of all the inner- and outer- dialogues necessarily happening within us as humans experiencing something that, without that rushing stream of still-coherent thoughts and expressions of real feelings, often runs the risk of only being able to belong to a black-and-white reality of, for example, “sexual assault” or “consent.” If the show didn’t close today, I’d encourage the world to see it. I am also wondering fiercely about how it might be received outside of the UK. I think my answer is: well, and necessarily.

Alan Coyne (@DoyleELF) about 15 hours ago

Got to the venue to see another show (The Sensemaker), we were very early, so decided to watch this, and so, so, so glad we did! Excellent story-telling by three wonderful actors. The three characters are so well-drawn and fully rounded, as well as relatable, and the superb performances got us invested in them even further, so that when the major complication of the plot arose, we were totally on board. A really skillful handling of a delicate subject matter. Intelligent writing and fantastic young talent all round, we'll be looking out for this company in the future!

Kevin Moss 4 days ago

I'll admit I was drawn to this show not because of the subject matter, more because it was written by Lucy Danser whose work I'd seen and enjoyed at the Fringe 12 months prior. So, going in I had no idea what I was in for and I think that made me appreciate the serious subject matter so much more.

I was instantly drawn to the three actors who created a believable world without needing props. I also found all 3 actors relatable, rounded out by the personality quirks performed to perfection by the trio.

I came away from the play in a state of shock and awe from what I had just witnessed. It was a story that needed to be told and one you need to see while you can.

Gary Minnitt 8 days ago

Saw this show on a whim and we were pleased we did. Drama should raise questions and this one did: a central question about consent. Never patronising or preachy, the cast left the audience to ponder as it considered the situation from different angles in all their complexity. Energetic, engaging and fast-paced, the three young actors did a fine job of both engaging this issue and entertaining its audience.

Julia 15 days ago

This is an excellent play about adolescence, growing up, sex and learning about yourself. Exceptional acting by cast of three. Strongly recommended

Dominic Berry 16 days ago

Excellent writing, brilliantly acted. Had me in tears with both the depth of the heartfelt truths, but also in laughter at the hilarity of the script and the flawless performances by all three of these exemplary actors. Stunning

The Ockerts 17 days ago

Uncomfortable at times to watch, but necessary conversation that we need to start having about sexual conduct in modern society. Very worth watching!

Lorraine Terry 20 days ago

A high octane opener morphed into a beautifully written and immaculately performed piece of theatre. I laughed, I cried and a day later i’m still thinking about the central question. Highly recommended.

Mark Reynolds 20 days ago

Faultless. Utterly faultless from start to finish. 3 cast members offer a physical, energetic funny and sobering story of growing up, social attitudes towards sex and issues of consent. Written brilliantly, the topic is covered perfectly and three amazingly talented young performers give it their all for an hour of energetic non-stop entertainment. I was impressed from start to finish and I would thoroughly recommend this to any theatre lover at fringe this year.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 1 day ago

A bittersweet screenshot of adolescence...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 1 day ago

Certain to initiate debate...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 4 days ago

Madani, his sister Maryam and Alex are best friends. After Alex defends Maryam from a racist bully at school they become inseparable and remain that way until their A-levels. Then Alex and Madani fall for one another and things go awry. Lucy Danser‘s play hangs on a knotty question of...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

It’s the first day at a new school for brother and sister Madani and Maryam – and when fellow new girl Alex protects Maryam from a bully, it seems like a friendship is forged for life. Together they negotiate adolescence, but as they emerge into adulthood, something changes. Maryam (Zarima...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

The highs and lows of teenage life are skilfully evoked in Lucy Danser's new play. ...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 12 days ago

Lucy Danser’s new play explores the friendship between siblings Madani (Issy Rawbone) and Maryam (Zarima McDermott) and their schoolmate Alex (Aoife Smyth) from the first moment they meet, at eight or nine, to the long summer after A-levels. Each narrates their experience of the intervening ten years, as the stories...

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Everything Theatre (3/5 stars) 12 days ago

Delivered by three compelling actors, this is the sort of play that people can’t stop talking about on their way home, splitting opinions and sparking debate.

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The Fountain (5/5 stars) 15 days ago

Four days into the Festival, and I might have found the best piece of Fringe theatre I’m likely to see this year. That may be a daring claim, but If This Is Normal is the sort of production that I most admire: simple, effective, and skilfully presented with minimal (evident) fuss.

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