IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE
On Tuesday 16 October 2018, the Drama Department of St. Mary’s Grammar School was pleased to welcome c21 Theatre Company to the school. As part of its Irish tour, and ahead of its run in The Mac Theatre, Belfast, the company brought its current production of It Only Takes a Minute to St. Mary’s. The play was performed for Year 10 pupils and GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies students.
It Only Takes a Minute is a one-woman show performed by Anna Kyle. The production focuses on the life of Michelle, a young female with Asperger’s Syndrome. The piece begins with 26 year-old Michelle receiving her diagnosis. She then, through a series of flashbacks, re-lives a number of scenes in her life. The punchy, fast paced script is assisted by the music and lyrics of boy band Take That and takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride alongside Michelle as the grows up in the 1990s. Take That becomes Michelle’s confidants, mentors and best friends in the solace of her bedroom. The band, however, soon become an obsession, with the lyrics at times taken all too literally. This leads to a culmination of events that result in a meltdown and a period where Michelle is forced to learn more about herself and the world around her.
The piece is a mix of fun, excitement, uncertainty and sometimes an all too real overload of emotion, casting a light on the increasing number of females with undiagnosed Asperger’s and their struggle living in a neurotypical society.
Following the performance, GCSE and A Level students had the opportunity to take part in a Question and Answer session with the actress during which she explained the intentions behind some aspects of the production and her performance of the role. The event was attended by Barbara Teague, Autism Advisory and Intervention Officer (EA).