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Notes to Future Self, Birmingham Rep at the Mac

THIS is a powerful and challenging play that is not for the faint-hearted.

THIS is a powerful and challenging play that is not for the faint-hearted.

Yet amidst the very difficult issue of mortality is a work that is wonderfully well written and superbly acted.

The action is set in the home of Daphne, a regular working class Brummie pensioner who has recently welcomed her estranged daughter Judy home.

Judy is a free and easy hippy who left home at the age of 17 after becoming pregnant, opening the door to a full-on new age lifestyle and a succession of communes.

Almost two decades later, she returns home to live with her mother accompanied by her two daughters.

But rather than being a happy family reunion, the drama focuses on ailing younger daughter Sophie - the real reason Judy has come home.

Sophie (Imogen Doel) is at times narrator as well as actor as three generations of a divided family come to terms with being under the same roof again.

Doel splendidly captures the mind-set and enthusiasm of a 13-year-old facing up to life’s ultimate challenge and draws you into her world from the word go.

The supporting cast play characters that are well drawn and believable with plenty of passion and Rachel Kavanaugh’s skilful direction adds a magical touch.

While it is at times uncomfortable watching, it is also peppered with gentle and engaging humour and has moments that are truly uplifting.

Until March 12 at the Mac, before a UK tour which also visits Artrix in Bromsgrove on March 21 and the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, on Monday March 28.



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