Photo by Jessie Prince.

Dropped is a beautiful and moving production that questions what is real in our minds, what is a construct and how we deal with problems beyond our control.

Two nameless women have been left behind to protect the base in the middle of a war zone. We don’t know how long they’ve been there, where they are, or if the stories they tell are real or imagined. In what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world, these two women are struggling to escape a harsh reality which they may or may not have created for themselves. Has the vodka really run out? Is the radio really broken? Is anyone else out there? And where did the baby come from?

Brigid Gallacher and Matilda Reed are both impressive and engaging in their roles of the nameless soldiers. Their pace and energy brings Katy Warner’s dreamlike and darkly funny script (that pays homage to Waiting for Godot) to life and we are given two characters who allow us to feel their sorrow and confusion. Lucy Thornett’s set is simple, yet striking and adds a foreboding sense of confinement.

Dropped is a fascinating, lyrical and thought-provoking show. Funny and witty, dark and sad, this is a show that shouldn’t be missed.


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