The Bold Step: A Review

Review by Siofra Ni Shluaghadháin

Freshly Ground Theatre return to the Civic Theatre to perform their latest work, an honest and moving exploration of growing up. The Bold Step is a familiar place for many of us, and Bronwyn Barrett and Martha Knight’s theatrical exploration of a childhood in the early 2000s brought back memories upon memories. The piece walked the fine line between the narrative and the abstract, and pulls it off to great effect.

Created off the back of conversations with their mothers, this is not only a piece about girls, but of the lives they lived, and the women who raised them.

The power of the piece lies, naturally, in its familiarity, but that is not its only strength. The sound and lighting design, created by Martha Knight and Cain Lynch respectively, make this piece an unforgettable night. The impact of music in theatre is often overlooked, and The Bold Step was a good reminder of the part that sound and music play in our memories too. Each of the elements are drawn together to create an infectious photo album of girlhood and womanhood.

Overall, The Bold Step is a must see for everyone, of any age and gender. It is a wonderfully constructed piece of theatre, that will strike a chord with everyone who sees it, and most perfectly, it will strike different chords with each of those people.

The Bold Step runs at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, until the 24th of November.

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