Plastic Figurines, Derby Theatre Studio

PlasticFigurines-HE4A5584Plastic Figurines is a stunning piece of drama with characters and a story that will make your heart melt.

Rose takes the audience on an artfully disjointed journey through the ups and downs of taking care of her autistic brother after their mother’s death.

One of the many brilliant things about this play, shown at The Studio, Derby Theatre on May 9, was the creativity of its construction.

The scenes were given to us in a non-linear structure, and we learned the story through hints that were given to us in dialogue and asides. It was a daring approach to storytelling that left a deep impact on me.

The acting was astounding. Remmie Miller played Rose with beautiful realism, and Jamie Samuel’s performance of Mikey sent a shiver down my spine. One particular scene in which his character gets chocolate on his finger and has a panic attack was so chilling that I almost had to look away.

A huge factor to the effectiveness of this piece was the depth of the writing. Written by Ella Carmen Greenhill, it was clear from the moment it began that this play was created and performed with a lot of love and consideration. For a play with such important themes, she held back on nothing. The audience was in tears on more than one occasion, and we all left with a feeling of having witnessed something extremely meaningful.

From the moment I woke up the next day I was still thinking about it and that shows just how deeply it affected me. Created by Box of Tricks Theatre, Plastic Figurines was engaging and profound with a delicacy that gave me goose-bumps.

It will be shown at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on May 12, and at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold from May 14-16.

By Bethany Morledge, a Bilborough College student