Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Normally, I would not review a WIP (Work-in-Progress) show as it seems unfair to be critical of an unfinished product – like saying the new BMW is a little airy when you are driving it around before they have put the doors on. However, having seen the blurb on Samantha’s flyer, about her struggles with mental illness and disability, I thought that this was a show that was too important to miss.
Samantha’s easy charm helped ease the audience into the show, putting us at ease that this was a WIP. What followed was an hour of crafted and cheeky jokes intertwined with a startlingly honest account of her struggles with her conditions and a harrowing and vile & ongoing experience she is having with a former promoter.
This show has a very powerful message behind it (without giving too much away). It is about the dangers of the wrong people at the wrong time, or even the right people at the wrong time, viewing disabilities through the wrong lenses and with the wrong models. It is a tale and a message that can, in places, be hard to hear but cannot and should not be ignored.
It is going to be an honour to see the show in it’s finished product next year.
Written by Christopher Moriarty.
Samantha Pressdee – Pulling it Together.
City Café, 1425
2nd – 10th August 2018