Review: The Almighty Sometimes at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

  • The world premiere of the award winning play by Kendall Feaver
  • Northern Quote reporter Jess Stoddard reviews the new piece of work

Focusing on one of the most pressing social issues of our time, The Almighty Sometimes is a exploration of children’s mental health that takes its toll of a already fragile relationship of a single mother and a moody teenage daughter.

The two powerful and strong women both hold their own as their story unfolds. Anna (Norah Lopez Holden) tries to take control of her life and work out her place in this world as her mother Renee (Julie Hesmondalgh) questions if she’s done right by her child’s upbringing.

Holden’s dramatic and exquisite performance of Anna is one that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats are they watch the sad downward spiral that plumpets Anna into a serious depression.

Hesmondalgh tackles the role of a struggling mother trying to deal with a hormonal teenage girl who’s on the peak of adulthood while also dealing with her own depression that she doesn’t even realise she has. A heartbreaking moment where Hesmondalgh is left speechless and motionless while watching her daughter’s illness take over.

With comic moments from the loveable boyfriend Oliver (Mike Noble), who has problems of his own with his family, the show isn’t just doom and gloom. With creative storytelling as Anna reads her stories, the piece a physical mastermind.

Katy Rudd’s direction mixed with Rosanna Vize’s design leaves the audience silenced at the end of the show. The auditorium was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

A fabulous piece of drama that makes you laugh, cry, think and feel. A mastermind.