A Shiny Life For Me!

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Alma Mater

Alma Mater
29 June 2024
Young Vic Theatre
4.0 out of 5.0 stars

Alma Mater, running at the Almeida until 20 July, is an incredibly thought and discussion provoking play looking at campus culture.

As a university campus is getting ready for a new batch of first-years, a misogynistic game gets out of hand when a drunken sexual encounter neither party can remember becomes a focus of a newly united anti-r*pe-culture movement. The first ever female master of the college, Jo, tries to keep control of the deteriorating situation, while hundreds of women share their own experiences at the college and the alleged perpetrator’s mother questions whether there is any nuance to a situation in which both parties were very drunk and have no recollection of the night in question.

It’s a tense, at times very challenging play that does not seem to take a stance in either direction, but rather seeks to examine a variety of different viewpoints, how personal experiences colour deeply held convictions and opinions, and how far people are willing to go for a cause they fervently believe in. At times deeply emotional, at times almost clinical, there is a lot to consider in this show.

Alma Mater is definitely going to split opinions, but it’s going to keep me thinking for a long while yet!

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