Theatre (physical theatre, verbatim)

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  • Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Mint Studio
  • 16:10
  • Aug 17
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Rise Strong
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes. Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The true story of a 21-year-old girl in an Australian plane crash during her study abroad year. She starts as an Unknown patient in a critical condition, half a world away from home. Follow her, her family and her friends through their story. In her words, 'I will not be sorry for having been changed by what has happened. I am stronger because I had no choice, different because I have been so broken. I have lost so much, but am still the lucky one'. An emotional piece, well received at the University of Exeter's Drama Festival 2018.

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Sheridan Coldstream 127 days ago

Two students, one plane crash and only one survives. For a while the identity of the surviving girl remains ‘unknown’, much to the agony of her family. Coming out of a coma with a two month gap in her memory, a broken neck and countless other injuries requires mental fortitude of gigantic proportion for not just Hannah but for her parents and close friends too.

So easy would it be to make a play about survival after a plane crash, morbid, macabre and over sentimental. Rise Strong’s original production of ‘Unknown’ at Greenside instead manages to move, stimulate and educate in an hour of truly captivating theatre. Telling the true story of Hannah O’Dowd (played by herself) the cast of seven Exeter university students use a cocktail of physical theatre, naturalism and narrative as they steer us through Hannah’s story. Well thought out choreography suggests and parallels the support, mutual bond and love felt for Hannah.

Angst ridden parents are beautifully portrayed but not overplayed by Ryan Bonner and Izzy Flynn who also co directs. Hannah’s friends and travel companions, played by Finn Thornton, Luke Thomas Oliver, Izzy Harrison and Bella Coldstream, manage effortlessly to provoke in their audience true compassion. As realisation dawns as to the scale of Hannah’s trauma, the need for mutual support and adjustment is only too apparent as they reintroduce themselves to her for what feels like ‘the first time’.

Hannah as herself narrates with a spontaneity that seems unscripted. She is not only real, but direct and never self indulgent.

This is fragile topic dealt with sensitively and glued together by great ensemble work. You leave feeling, tearful, heartened and with a sense that this is really only the first chapter of a story that has by no means reached its conclusion.

Sheridan Coldstream

Cherry 129 days ago

An excellent piece of theatre composed of a blend of dialogue and narration with some exquisite dance sections, all of which carries the story along impressively. I particularly enjoyed the use of choreography to portray the tenderness between the characters.

The hospital waiting room scenes were almost too painful - the anxiety of friends and family waiting for news was a bit too close to the bone for someone who’s been through it, and it was a relief when the story moved on. So have some tissues to hand if you’re a sensitive soul or have experience of a loved one suffering a traumatic injury. But overall an uplifting tale told by a talented cast, and enhanced by live music.

Good to know that all the proceeds are going to some excellent ABI charities.

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Southside Advertiser (4/5 stars) 125 days ago


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