One two three, it's easy
26 March 2018
1001010 is a show that is so positive and honest that everyone will benefit from seeing it, says Joanna Trainor
Originally developed as part of Stevie Thomas’ dissertation piece at Buckinghamshire New University, 1001010 confronts the gendered world we live in and the restrictions of only thinking in binary terms.
Inflicted Theatre combines verbatim with incredibly honest monologues that are presumably autobiographical. The verbatim interviews bring such a wide range of voices to a subject that can often leave people quite isolated. Thomas transforms into each character, using silhouettes as a guide. They cleverly use this to mould themselves into the bodies that are projected on to them, while talking about the importance of feeling free to own your sexuality or gender.
This is just one of the easy, obvious ways that Thomas simply explains their point of view. As the show ended, one woman said she thought an older generation could really benefit from seeing 1001010. It is open and positive, and seems almost impossible for anyone not to be onboard with Thomas by the end of the show. But there are plenty who need a push to get onboard.
At somewhere as “right-on” as NSDF probably is, it may be that a story about gender neutrality is somewhat “preaching to the choir”. But everyone needs to see the joy that radiates from Thomas as they speak about being all the colours at once and not just the typically grey-coloured area that exists between 0 and 1.
There are a few unnecessarily shouty moments that come a little out of the blue. This isn’t to say that Thomas can’t be angry about the boxes society puts us into, but that they need to work on the transition between the verbatim characters and their frustration coming out. There are also sections that make it more like a TED talk with a little added dramatic flair.
It may be a bit rough around the edges, but 1001010 is an uplifting way to spend 20 minutes of your time, and a show that deserves a long life.
Photo credit: Aenna Pallasca