THE­ATRE THE RoPE in youR HAnds Quaker meet­ing House (Venue 40) HHHHH

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THE Rope in Your Hands is a metaphor for so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. What would you do to save some­one from drown­ing if you had a rope in your hands?

Siob­han O’Lough­lin, who has writ­ten and per­formed this doc­u­men­tary the­atre piece, takes us on a tour of new Or­leans, still dev­as­tated in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina.

She em­bod­ies dif­fer­ent voices from around the city – the col­lege lec­turer, the hot­dog ven­dor, a vol­un­teer re­lief worker, a mu­si­cian – where racial ten­sions are sim­mer­ing be­low the sur­face, but where mu­sic, food and a shared cul­ture still keep peo­ple to­gether.

The sto­ries could have been punchier and bet­ter wo­ven to­gether – but they do cre­ate a mov­ing snap­shot of turmoil. I re­ally liked the un­der­ly­ing so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism of the play. There is an im­plicit chal­lenge to the au­di­ence to wake up, to help out when we can. The rope is in our hands.

cLAiRE sMiTH

Un­til to­day, 6pm.

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