c21 Theatre Company bring us superb one–woman show ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ performed by actress Anna Kyle. The production focuses on the life of Michelle, a young woman with Asperger’s.
The piece begins with 26-year-old Michelle receiving her diagnosis. She then, through a series of flashbacks, re–lives a number of scenes in her life.
The punchy, fast-paced script is assisted by the music and lyrics of the band ‘Take That’, which takes you on a rollercoaster ride alongside Michelle as she grows up in the 1990s. ‘Take That’ become Michelle’s confidants, mentors and best friends in the solace of her bedroom.
The piece is a mix of fun, excitement, uncertainty and sometimes an all too real overload of emotion, casting a light on the increasing number of females with undiagnosed Asperger’s and their struggle living in a neuro–typical society.
However, the band soon become an obsession, with lyrics at times taken all too literally. This leads to a culmination of events which result in meltdown and a period where Michelle is forced to learn more about herself and the world around her.
Presented by c21 Theatre Co.
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'Excellent production. I learnt a lot about Aspergers - the ups and downs, the loneliness and the fact that those who have Aspergers can be so articulate' (Anna Staglow, Audience Member)
'Really felt every emotion Michelle went through. Excellent production showing how it effects the individual.' (User Forum, Cedar Foundation)