Alice Malseed’s ‘It’s getting harder and harder for me‘ showing at Smock Alley Theatre, until September 17th is definitely worth a watch. Beautifully written, packed full of imagery, hard hitting truths and characters we can all, unfortunately relate too. Tells the stories of three ladies “living” life in Belfast city and ends with an emotive bang.
A plain bench sets the stage but the characters vivid descriptions of Belfast city paints a picture for the audience, and ignites the imagination. Adele Gribbon as Lucy,
Discreet direction from Sarah Baxter kept the focus on the story telling of the piece, minimal movements and s
Sean Dennehy’s sound design certainly sets the tone and creates dramatic tension at pivotal points of the play. He opens the production with the beat of a heart, the heart of the city if you will; perhaps missing a beat however by not including some actual sounds of the city to really ignite the senses in what was a bare stage.
Clever lighting, designed by Maggie Donovan, frames the actors in an intriguing fashion, and provides some great visual stimulation; there just wasn’t enough of it! There could have been more diversity here, again with it being such a minimalist production.