Then Again devised by Tremolo Theatre – The LAB, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Then Again is a fast paced and funny time travel adventure. Focusing on socially awkward PHD student Millie, we see her develop from being unable to speak to anyone, into a YouTube celebrity. The story is a pretty familiar one – girl finds fame, thinks she’s getting everything she wanted, realises it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, ends happily with her finding what’s truly important in life. That narrative arc was familiar and is not the play’s strongest element. However, the time travel injects some fun into a familiar tale. The performers are all very talented, particularly in relation to the play’s comedic elements. Even though I knew what was coming, I enjoyed seeing Millie get there. I laughed out loud several times, particularly at interjections from talking toothbrush MIRI (it makes sense in the play, I promise). The lighting design was very impressive too, at some points perfectly recreating that classic computer screen glow through plastic tubing.
It isn’t a play that I’ll be thinking about for days afterwards, but it was a really enjoyable hour of theatre by a very talented group of performers. I look forward to seeing what they do next.