The Interference, Review

The Interference

★★★★★

C Venues (Venue 34)| Aug 3-­16| 15:45| £7.50-£11.50

The Interference is a hard hitting thought provoking drama that sensitively explores the topic of on campus rape. Set at a fictional college campus in the United States the lead character Karen goes to a student party and gets drunk and a potentially drugged. She is so inebriated that she is taken to lie down and whilst unconscious Smith the star quarterback assaults her.

The performance begins after the event and explores every aspect and sentiment of a complicated rape case. Expertly striking a delicate balance of opinions whilst exploring the subsequent media circus that has been prevalent in the United States surrounding these cases. Highlighting the scepticism and victim-blaming that can occur and the detrimental emotional impact this has on an individual.

The decision not to cast Smith as an on stage character helps ensure that the storyline is squarely focused on Karen and subsequently doesn’t detract from her story. As the plot develops the audience hear the voices and opinions of all parties involved through short extracts, with snippets and fragments of conversations, each revealing their own agenda and interests in the case, slowly building to drowning out Karen. Emphasising how social media, the agenda of others, the suppression of information and the misuse of power and money can shift the focus away from the victim.

The Interference delicately depicts the subject matter without leaving the audience feeling uncomfortable and is completely engaging from start to finish. Drawing the audience in through a series of expertly acted emotional monologues from Karen, skilfully portraying the vulnerability, pressures and emotional turmoil experienced in the aftermath of the event. Highlighting the desire for justice and closure. This spell binding performance is punctuated by expertly written dialogue, utilising the sports commentator style so prevalent in the United States. This mixture of intersecting opinions and split conversations skilfully develops the narratives of other associated parties exploiting the live-mixed soundscape to full effect, building into a cacophony of sound slowly drowning out Karen’s voice.  

Recipients of a 2016 Fringe First this powerful performance is definitely a highlight of the festival.