Our Chief Article writer Brittany Sutcliffe visits 3rd Year Acting Show ‘Second Person Narrative’.
Second Narrative encapsulates fragments of the life of a girl, suggested throughout that it is in fact “you”. You see her birth, her primary school photo, her career goals, her first job, her relationship troubles, her worries about being alone, her first born, her midlife crisis, her retirement, and her death. With the constant suggestion that this is “my” life, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Watching scenes with the protagonist wrestle over similar insecurities, or have similar arguments with her parents as I’ve had with mine, I can’t be the only one who walked out thinking “how much else of that character’s life will mine be like?”. At the full risk of sounding like a wet wipe, I may or may not have welled up a little as I left.
Outstanding work from all involved, I couldn’t possibly comment on anyone in particular. Whenever you watch a show or read a book, you feel a connection to the protagonist, but the story flips that relationship back on top of you so you feel immersed that you’re watching a potential version of your life go by. How the other audience members compared themselves, I couldn’t possibly comment. From the outset, Second Narrative invited us to draw our own conclusions.
How I felt may have differed immensely to the person next to me. Despite this, I will share what I did get from it; to take comfort in how we change, as a way of relieving the pressure that we all need to “be somebody”, live up to a certain expectation that’s set for us. Just because I don’t change the world tomorrow, doesn’t mean I’m not a success. Refusing to highlight the happiness that you have in your life already would be such a waste.
Blink and before you know it, within roughly an hour and a half, 85 odd years will have gone by.
Words by Brittany Sutcliffe // Photographs by Ewa Ferdynus