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The debut one woman show by Russian-Estonian, London based actor and theatre maker Elina Alminas (Ex Machina, Residue, From Darkness, Strike).
Elina is a Goldsmith's graduate in Theatre and Performance (2014) and part of Soho Theatre Young Company (Comedy Lab Plus).
'A performer to watch', her show LAURA is where 'stand-up meets tragicomedy meets live art meets immersive performance' (Etymnews.com).
This performance was partially created as a response and rejection of the stereotypical roles women are most often offered in film and on stage.
FemaleArts called it an 'unflinching look at woman in the throes of 'having an emotional episode'.
It sends across a feminist message that stands against the world, where women are brought up to believe that there is nothing else to life except marriage.
Elina comes from an Eastern European background, where this is still a very predominant topic.
It is the day of Laura's marriage and the house is full of guests, but the groom Johnny is nowhere to be seen.
Will he come?
The protagonist of the play has a breakdown when her groom doesn't arrive to the wedding because they had an argument the night before.
As a result Laura looses herself completely and overdoses on booze and antidepressants whilst exposing her vulnerability to the guests.
The audience will experience Laura's story from the hysteria and anger to the helplessness and failure, reaching epiphany towards the end.
The audience will take part in the events that will unravel on the day of the wedding and will be the actual guests with whom Laura will be sharing her story.
Expect an intimate experience of the wedding gone wrong.
Laura is going to reach out to people and beg for compassion and sympathy but instead will fail in her need to succeed.
However, the journey that she will make and the things that she will establish in her encounter will change her priorities and life entirely.
In her debauched self rediscovery she seeks clearer understanding of the future and finally realises that she has been wrong all this time: 'everything happening now is just the beginning'.
LAURA is a show about realisation and acceptance, regrets and disappointments, as well as misunderstandings and mistakes that people repeat over and over in their lifetime.
The performance also tackles the themes of loneliness, the urge to be loved and understood and the need to finally make up to missed opportunities.
All of the above in the surreal setting of a failed wedding party - a frenzied bride to be (or not to be?), 80s inspired soundtrack, a cake for the guests, antidepressants and a few champagne bottles.
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London NW1 7BU
Saturday 13 January 2018
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Author: Elina Alminas