It’s often debated whether millenials have it easier or harder than previous generations in this day and age. Susie Sillett, writer of (sorry) passionately argues the latter for an hour and five minutes, not only touching upon the social struggles for younger people through social media and the importance of status, but the political climate in the UK, the environment and the modern perspective on mortality.
Sillett’s writing is honest and brazen, while also being poetic and charming to the ear. She uses beautiful and haunting imagery to capture the morbidity of her beliefs about 21st century life which are both relaxing and alarming to hear. Her humour blends well with her dark musings on life and gives her more of a sense of relatability as she constantly uses humour as a defence mechanism (I mean, who doesn’t?)
While Louise Beresford’s performance is engaging and relatable, it’s hard to tell who her character actually is because her character sported a strong Yorkshire accent but the actor herself had a London accent when she thanked the audience, which made me wonder if the stories she was telling during (sorry) were true or not, however they were still just as engaging either way.
Lighting and sound were both used subtly yet effectively throughout the show, the lights constantly adapting to fit the character’s constantly changing mood and attitude. Ambient music was also used often to enhance the delicacy of the piece and the elements of the character’s self discovery.
The minimalistic set is also effective, a large circle around Sillett made out of individual pieces of paper in crumpled messes, possibly symbolising the workload that the current generation has to face. The set is also used to store small props, which makes it more than just an interesting eyepiece.
In conclusion, (sorry) is a charming, amusing, moving monologue that can be enjoyed by anyone, suffering from existential dread or not.