Theatre Review: Crash @ Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Abi Hack
From Andy Duffy’s well-written script to Jamie Michie’s emotional performance as a broken stock trader caught in the wake of tragedy, Crash was an enigmatic piece that had its intimate audience hooked from beginning to end.
The story followed the heart-breaking past of Michie’s character, a man dealing with the death of a loved one and its disastrous influence on his job and future relationships.
The minimalist production ensured a clear focus on the protagonist’s tale, with the set consisting of a wheely office chair (occupied by Michie for the majority of the piece), staged against a simple backdrop; lino that resembled a dark wooden floor covered the back wall and the small raised square staging. In addition, music and lighting changes were subtle and only used sporadically to mimic the shift of emotional intensity embodied within the narrative. By keeping these factors to a minimum, director Emma Callander ensured there was little distraction from the acting, and allowed the audience to focus on the moving tale.
With a firm understanding of what made his character tick, Michie truly embodied a man caught up in the downward spiral of emotional turmoil and on the brink of a mental breakdown. His direct address broke the fourth wall and created an alliance with the viewers. This left the audience torn between sympathy and disgust as the narrative flitted between acknowledging the impact that the loss of a loved one inevitably has on an individual, to the dark revelation of possible murder.
Although only an hour in length, Crash saw the talents of Jamie Michie, Andy Duffy and Emma Collander collide to form an emotive piece that explored the ethics of life, death and the constantly shifting world of finance.
Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic
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