Review Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock, Dirty Protest by Lauren Ellis – Stretch

Dirty Protest present a playful, dynamic and heartening journey from Pembroke Dock to Cardiff; from 1979 to 2014.

However, dirty their protest Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock is clear-cut and fast-paced.

All photographic credits Jorge Lizalde @studioCano1

Having the privilege of sitting in on rehearsals it became incredibly evident that the care and respect the cast held for one another – when moving set in rehearsals, common phrases overheard included ‘Lift with your knees!’ and ‘Watch you back!’ I assume that this kindness was integral as their process was so collaborative. The cast devised through play; following rules, such as they can only use a prop once and it cannot be used in the play as what it is in reality.

The theme of the intergenerational in the presentation of father/child relationships is key within Lightspeed. With Star Wars at the heart of the narrative and in the heart of Sam. The development of Sam’s passion, from 1979 in his childhood and his late night expedition to see the Millenium Falcon, to 2014 and his daughter, Lizzie’s wreckless expedition to the new Star Wars production company. Youthfulness play, drive and fearlessness is championed in this script partnered with a great empathy and love for fathers and their sacrificial nature.

Lightspeed From Pembroke Dock is not pro-creative industry/jobs, however, it is encouraging of the industry in Wales and its progression, as well as the self-fulfilment it offers its workers. A privilege of the arts that was certainly evident in the rehearsal room for Lightspeed as the group warm up with a exuberant and merciless round of an Eastenders themed game. Who doesn’t wish they could start their day at work screaming ‘Get out of my pub!’

Lightspeed From Pembroke Dock is an uplifting, loving and dynamic presentation of family, passion and creativity, and the creativity of the piece is infectious! I was so privileged to be able to watch such an incredibly talented, committed and caring creative team. Dirty Protest is a theatre company that everyone should be aware of!

Tour Dates:

Wed 4- Sat 7 April

Chapter, Cardiff

Tue 17 April

Soar Centre, Valleys Kids

Wed 18 April

Ffwrnes, Llanelli

Thu 19 April

Taliesin Arts Centre

Fri 21 April

Riverfront, Newport

Mon 23 April

Halliwell Theatre, Carmarthen

Tues 24 April

Pontardawe Arts Centre

Wed 25 April

Borough Theatre, Abergavenny

Thurs 26 April

Blackwood Miners Institute

Fri 27 April

Galeri, Caernarfon

Sat 28 May

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Wed 2 May

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Fri 4 – Sat 5 May

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

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