Review Of Liberation Squares, Birmingham Rep Theatre

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After a delayed start due to a technical issue,  I found myself in the Door, a small studio place next to the main theatre. Would the show be worth the wait?

This was a Thought-Provoking Exploration of Liberation in Sonali Bhattacharyya’s “Liberation Squares” which was directed by Mill Bhatia.

We take liberation and freedom as granted in our society and this play focused on the “ Prevent Programme” and this play touches on the impact this has on people’s confidence, freedom of expression and their futures. 

The three characters in the play, performed by Vaneeka Dadhria, Asha Hassan and Haleema Hussain had a good synergy and worked well together to create a compelling story. 

Usage, not over usage of music as well added to the story. The lighting effects also were used to good effect. The staging, whilst quite simple, presented the narrative well. 

This play had an obvious message about the Government’s usage of the Prevent Programme and explored human rights issues within this production. It also encourages the audience members to read Amnesy’s International report on the Prevent programme- link is here https://www.amnesty.org.uk/prevent

As an audience member, I felt involved within the production and was drawn in by the characters. Halema Hussain gave an outstanding performance as Xara in the production. There was youthful energy abound on the stage and the performers gave solid performances. 

Sonali Bhattacharyya’s play “Liberation Squares” offers a compelling and nuanced exploration of the concept of liberation. Through a series of interconnected vignettes, the play delves into the multifaceted nature of freedom, challenging the audience to consider the complexities and contradictions that often arise in the pursuit of emancipation.From the personal struggles of individuals seeking to break free from societal constraints to the collective efforts of communities fighting for systemic change, “Liberation Squares” presents a rich tapestry of experiences that resonate with the universal human desire for autonomy and self-determination.

 The play’s ability to raise questions, challenge assumptions, and inspire critical reflection makes it a must-see for anyone interested in the intersections of social justice, personal transformation, and the ongoing struggle for a more equitable world.

Overall the show worked well, it provides a clear message to the audience with a story interwoven well throughout. 

I would therefore recommend this as a show to see, its on for a limited time at the Birmingham Rep Theatre so get quick in booking.

https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/liberation-squares

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