Faye Stevenson

No Idea at the Young Vic

The Maria at the Young Vic is playing host to this show devised by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence.

No Idea at the Young Vic
Lisa Hammond; Rachael Spence (photo: Keith Pattison)

The pair knew they wanted to make a show together but had no idea about its subject so they turned to the public for help.

They went out with tape recorders and asked people what their show should be about, who the main character would be, whether it would be funny and what the story would be.

Being faced with two women, one disabled and one not, the public came up with some revealing ideas about what we imagine when we look at someone.

No Idea is a show in sections which explores both disability and friendship and each sketch is interspersed by an arty interlude using photos and picture frames.

There are six main parts to this show including the interviews with both the public and the two performers and showing what the ideas the public came up with would be like if made into a show.

The simple set which includes office blinds and Velcro walls doesn't detract attention from the two main players and can be which ever setting it needs to be for the different sketches.

It is a highly funny piece with very memorable moments such as a cleverly written musical number but does take a serious turn towards the end when Hammond makes observations on what it is like to be disabled in this society.

Both Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence have perfect comic timing and because of a real friendship they play off each other well.

No Idea leaves you smiling but thoughtful and is 85 minutes well spent.

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