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A fourth, unplanned, LIFT show. This one is about young people leaving home all over the world, and it’s performed by them. It’s only 50 minutes long, but it makes you think and moves you but sends you home uplifted.

The theatre at Hackney Downs Studios is more like a gym and as you walk in to this promenade performance, the cast of eleven are each in their own space and their own world – one is skipping, one looking at people in a block of flats projected onto a cardboard box (who later sings beautifully), one is drawing a cocoon-shaped mother on the floor then occupying it, one is wheeling a suitcase with an embedded screen and there is an intriguing repetitive scene where a lying girl covered in flowers is lifted and carried by pall bearers who place her upright after which she returns to lie covered in flowers once more.

There’s more movement than dialogue, some of which you don’t understand (unless you speak that language, of course). The visual images and the soundscape are compelling. Towards the end, we move to the walls as a felt football pitch is rolled out, football kit is donned and they become a team – before the descent of white balloons, and the audience, to the floor as we look at the stars to hear their final words. The strange thing is, it doesn’t matter so much about the component parts because its the overall impression it leaves you with that matters. Somehow, you better understand why.

This is a very imaginative work by Brazilian Renato Rocha, unlike anything I’ve seen before. The production standards are sky high and the quality of performances is outstanding. I’ve seen things four times as long which have left less of a mark, but don’t ask me how it did because I was so involved I wasn’t thinking about that at the time.

Another reason why LIFT is indispensable.

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