Thur 18th May 2017
This was a difficult show for me to review as the subject matter is very dear to my heart and the format of a rock gig theatre piece is something I've seen before and loved, plus I'd heard great things about this show, but unfortunately the performance just didn't do it for me. But I feel this may be subjective. For me... The music was far to REM and the performers weren't rock 'n roll enough. I think some people will love it and there was plenty there to love. The performers are extremely talented musicians and the music is rich and the staging worked... It looked great visually. But I just didn't feel anything. And I wanted to.
In 2015 I saw The Furies by KILN. It was also staged as a rock gig. The story line was of less importance to me and I couldn't really follow what was going on, but it affected me hugely. The three actresses were hard as nails and the music was visceral and I felt pummelled by emotions. It wasn't perfect. The storyline definitely could have been clearer, but the music served to evoke the imagination and it connected with me on a subconscious level so that I recall it now like a dream I had.
There was nothing subtle or subconscious about Songs For the End of the World. It was a pleasant show, but I don't think pleasant is really what Exeunt were going for.