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What Was Left What Was Left
A play that authentically speaks to the struggle of the evolving millennial

19/06/2019 3PM | REVIEW | Jacqueline Malcolm

What Was Left

A play that authentically speaks to the struggle of the evolving millennial

Written by Molly Taylor, ‘What Was Left’ is a play that spurs the imagination from the very start. The story follows the lives of three ‘orphaned’ siblings, Soph, Sim and Dex, who are suddenly left to face an adults world on their own through the ‘disappearance’ of their parents and the death of their gran. For a fleeting moment I wondered if this was going to be a typical story of teenagers and their shenanigans and was absolutely delighted to find I didn’t even come close in my summations. Instead we were given a gripping birds-eye view of a young person’s battle to become their authentic self in a society that is forever demanding more from them.

The play was both disturbing and intriguing as it offered such an intimate sharing of these characters hidden struggles with mental wellbeing, of understanding where they fit in this world, where they fit in their world and how each one had to develop numerous alter egos to be able to cope with these growing inner tensions. The synergy between the well-selected cast was palpable and should be individually applauded as each delivered characters that were believable and brought a wonderful truth to the stage, so well done to Elle Slater, Tara Korda Kolar, Mason Clark-Whale, Eden Rickson, Beth Willmott and Milo Couchman.

Isobel Fairchild, Sera Mustafa, Natasha Thurrell and Harmony Nanton lead the cast superbly with their portrayal of the elder sibling, Soph, as each one offered moments of pure vulnerability and fear that they were ‘getting it wrong’ that literally held you spellbound. Daniel Pinto and Joseph Garwood very naturally delivered a heart-warming portrayal of the lost Sim on his road to sexual self-discovery. But for me it was the characterisation of the very haunted and disturbed Dex, played by Amala Aguinaga and Roseby Franklin-Denyer that held my focus the most and in particular it was Frances Gillard’s final monologue as the character finds her way to a place of peace, that put this piece on my list of ‘must see’ plays to watch in London!

Directed by Matt Hassall, What Was Left is a thoroughly engaging piece of work that is guaranteed to hold you captivated for the whole 90 minutes and leave you wanting more.




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