A Shiny Life For Me!

a personal review blog by Bianca


18 March 2023
Vault Festival
2.0 out of 5.0 stars

Contempt was a last minute booking for me, to fill out a day at the Vault Festival.

Catherine is the newly minted Chancellor of the Exchequer, working hard as budget day is approaching. When she is invited to an exclusive party, she is faced with the emotional debt of the ministers in attendance.

While this piece is incredibly well acted, the one-hander quickly devolves into a fast-paced journey through the emotional and moral depths of the rich and powerful. A little disconnected, the characters drawn up in the monologue feel more like caricatures, not fully defined, and their motivations are hazy at best.

A bizarre story unfolds, focused more on mythical beliefs of how the ruling class is organised, and less on political systems and inner workings of the government. It’s confusing and seems unrefined, almost experimental at times.

An interesting premise that needs a lot more work to be approachable for a wider audience.

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