Fringe Review: Rust - The Musical @ theSpace
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Mental health is a topic that is slowly making its way into the spotlight and yet still does not get talked about enough. ‘Rust – The Musical’ has - through its beautifully written songs, engaging acting and thought-provoking dialogue - not only given their audience at the Fringe food for thought but also shows the many struggles linked to recovery that are unseen by many. It touched on so many topics, all within the space of an hour.
Image courtesy of Cambridge University Musical Theatre SocietyAt the beginning of the show, the audience is introduced to Evie, a shy student entering rehab at the Fairwater centre for an eating disorder and self-harm. The first song already hits heartstrings by the character singing about facing "monster in the mirror" and asking “Why am I still here?”. It quickly became apparent that the cast of Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society was extremely talented - the emotions portrayed were raw and engaging. The audience gets introduced to further characters all battling different types of addiction, including alcoholism and drug misuse. This variety in characters underlines the bitter truth that addiction shows no discrimination. It affects parents desperately trying to hide their addiction from children, people with underlying chronic illnesses, the fun-loving drag queen, the grade-A student and the rebellious teen.
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