Tuesday 20th February – Saturday 17th March
Written and performed by Milly Thomas.Directed by Sara Joyce.
I have no words.
I left the show with no words.
My chest was heaving and my body was spasming.
Dust is ground breaking.
A life changing show.
Milly Thomas, has previously written A First World Problem, Click Bait and Brutal Cessation all performed at the Theatre503. Dust was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 winning the Stage Edinburgh Award and now transferring to the Soho Theatre.
A play about Alice, a young woman who has just committed suicide and now has to watch her family and friends in the aftermath of the event. Passing from memories that she is forced to relive then to Alice’s current discoveries of her family and friend’s life after her death.
Milly Thomas is highly skilled in flicking from sharp witted and truthful humour to pure darkness and heartbreak. The excellent contrast of light and darkness in this play makes a beautiful roller-coaster for the audience to ride on. Milly Thomas has balanced it effortlessly.
Thomas has guts and courage as the pieces writer/performer. She speaks in brutal honesty and says the things we think in our heads and wish we could say out loud. Although personal, she made this a universal experience for the audience with her honest remarks and quips which is what made this show so utterly moving.
What is so impressive about this performance is, although it’s a one woman show with a minimalistic set by Anna Reid (comprising of three mirrors and a morgue table), it does not feel like it. Milly Thomas brings the presence of other characters and different settings with her. She entirely transformed herself and the space with such ease.
This play will, and has, opened up a debate and conversation about mental health issues and suicide which I hope will continue.
And I hope this play continues onto more and greater spaces.
This is a show that EVERYONE needs to see.
A show that moves you to the very core, Milly Thomas has exposed the inner workings of mental health sufferers and found humour in the darkness.
Dust needs to be broadcast round the world.
If there was one show, you made sure you go and see this year, this would be it!