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THEATRE REVIEW: Be More, Do Better But Don’t Change @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

December 7, 2017 11:00 am

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Review by Allison Birt

CaroleW Productions presents Do More, Be Better, But Don't Change by Roisin Crowley Linton (1)

Beyoncé is not the only person who is ‘crazy in love’. It seems the entire world is crazy in love. And they won’t stop rubbing it in our faces. Posting instagrams with all the different variations of the love heart emoji; making their love official through facebook statuses; spamming Snapchat with love heart eyed bitmojis. It’s inescapable. Roisin Crowley Linton’s one woman show ‘Be More, Do Better But Don’t Change’ is a poetic representation of a sigh of relief. You’re definitely not the only one who is battling the constant paradox of being boy crazy and a full-time crusher of the patriarchy. You’re definitely not the only one who can’t seem to find the version of love depicted in the rom-coms on Netflix, which you are quietly obsessed with, even though they definitely don’t pass the Bechdel test).  ‘Be More, Do Better But Don’t Change’ is the voice of the modern young woman.

Roisin describes the show as ‘oversharing in the name of art’ and this is what makes the show so engaging and touching to watch. The show is a mix of spoken word poetry, stand up, super edgy rap and anecdotes. From the moment Roisin began to speak, she had the whole room in fits of laughter and this continued throughout the whole performance. It felt like a conversation with a close friend after a few glasses of wine, as she offered a candid insight into her experiences – from growing up in a society which sexualises women as soon as their body begins to develop, to her early encounters with the thing called love. Roisin’s ongoing joke throughout the show was that she dealt with her emotions through wine and poetry – a winning combination if you ask me.

My favourite part of the show was a rap that Roisin wrote. This rap was dedicated to all the ‘snakes’ in her life; the lyrics, paired with the green lighting, had the whole audience weak with laughter. The rap felt like something you’d angrily write at 3 AM, then forget about and find – three years later –  in the notes on your phone. That’s what made the rap so funny, because it was so ridiculous, yet so ‘#relatable’.

Besides Roisin’s undeniable wit and stage presence, the spoken word poetry was beautifully written and lovely to listen to. Each, uniquely brilliant, poem created a diverse range of emotions, so trying to pick one poem that spoke to me the most is impossible. One of the poems was called ‘It’s nice to be nice.’ The title speaks for itself. Roisin closed the show on this note, with the idea that love comes in all different forms and so maybe we should focus on the people who we love, but aren’t in love with, more often. So, think of someone you love, but aren’t in love with, and remind them that you love them.

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