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Finding Unity Among Misfits: 'Work It Out' at Manchester's Home Theatre

Finding Unity Among Misfits: 'Work It Out' at Manchester's Home Theatre

Work It Out is set against the backdrop of an exercise class at a local community centre. The setting is truly authentic, from the peeling paint on the walls and flimsy pop-up tables to the well-worn floor, familiar to anyone who's grown up in the North. This meticulous attention to detail extends to the characters, each crafted with depth and a story that is uniquely theirs.

The direction of Sarah Frankcom, creates a production that navigates the dynamics of a group of misfits. Initially, the characters clash, but as the story unfolds, they experience moments of unity, laughter, and connection.

The cast is a mosaic of stories: Shy Colette (Eva Scott) battles an eating disorder amidst unhelpful temptations; Rebecca (Raffie Julien), who is deaf, attends with her Granny but finds her own place in the class. Her Granny, Marie (Eithne Browne), is a strong-willed Irish Granny with her own set of challenges. Shaq (Dominic Coffey) seeks to mitigate his tic through exercise while navigating rotten house mates and bureaucracy find a place of his own. 

Eve Steele shines both on and off the stage in Work It Out, taking on the dual role of Siobhan and serving as the playwright behind this compelling narrative. Her portrayal of Siobhan, a character grappling with addiction, is imbued with authenticity and depth, a testament to Steele's versatility as an actor. Beyond her performance, Steele's writing weaves together the diverse stories of the cast, crafting a rich tapestry of human experience.

The ensemble is anchored by Alice (Elizabeth Twells), whose exuberant spirit could easily be mistaken for that of a too-cheerful holiday rep. However, Alice proves to be the heart of the group, guiding them with energy and commitment.

As the story progresses, the class faces a threat with their funding being cut, posing the question of survival.

Work It Out at Home Theatre Manchester, running until 16 March 2024, is more than just a show. It's an emotional journey that will make you laugh, move you to tears, and leave you pondering the state of the world. Don't miss the opportunity to experience this remarkable production.

Tickets at https://homemcr.org/production/work-it-out/

By James 

For Canal St Media

Published: 11-Mar-2024 (7411)

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