Score follows the lives of friends Hannah (Kathleen Fitzpatrick Milton) and Kirsty (Lara Simpson) from their days in primary school, through teenage years and into adulthood. Both are from dysfunctional families and they find strength in their friendship. This is tested, however, when drug addiction blights their lives. Score is a powerful play about addiction, friendship and parenting.

Playwright Lucy Bell pursues her passion for a cappella - a motif used in her earlier play, The Full Term (set in the mother and baby unit of a prison). Score similarly explores the gritty side of human experience. The songs, arranged by Verity Standen, are beautifully harmonised by the actors. Each song is careful chosen to resonate within the text, enlivening moments or adding depth to scenes.

Score's subject matter is well-researched: the script feels authentic in its portrayal of addiction and how the state operates with addicted parents. Bell's background in television documentaries and work in prisons provides a steady base from which to write about controversial topics and she does so with compassion.

Fitzpatrick Milton gives a blistering performance as Hannah, the young mother who turns to heroin. Simpson's portrayal of Kirsty is lively and forceful. Moments where they sing together lift the play out of the gloom of addiction.

Director Stephanie Kempson keeps a frenetic pace from the start in a headlong rush to the end. Both actors play different roles, blending scenes and new characters seamlessly. This almost wholly female production is highly charged, witty and humane.

(c) Samantha Coughlan April 2015

7th April 2015
The Wardrobe Theatre

Mon 6th - Fri 10th April
1 hour

On tour:
15-17 April Camden People’s Theatre
29 April Bournemouth University Social Work Dept
27-28 May The Lab, Theatre Royal Plymouth
27-28 June Fringe Theatrefest, Barnstaple

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Milton
Lara Simpson

Playwright - Lucy Bell
Director - Stephanie Kempson
Musical Arrangements - Verity Standen
Sound Designer - Jen Sherlock
Lighting Designer - Owain Davies
Designer - Lizzie French

A Documental Theatre Production

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