Chris Goode's Keep Breathing has a simple plot: Within your lifetime you will take around 670 million breaths, of those millions how many do you give conscious thought? And given the chance, what would you say to the world if you only had one breath?
Mr Goode set up the idea by asking us 'If you had one hour in a room with a group of strangers what would you do with it?' He decided to recount stories and narrate lives both past and present, in an engaging, inspiring and emotional piece that gripped the audiences attention and sparked their ideas of Mortality and Humanity.
What could have been a depressing emotional roller coaster was in fact uplifting and energetic. It was educational (I had no idea what the noble gas Argon was before seeing this show!) and the use of audience participation and ambient music aided Mr Goodes’ natural flair for storytelling.
The atmosphere was relaxed: Several chairs, tables and cushions scattered about created the auditorium, whilst a single table, stool and photo stands were all that the small intimate stage area housed.
The show's tag-line: 'Every breath you've taken today, will tomorrow, be shared with people you've never met, in a place you've never been' made an inventive and thought provoking idea that had a varied impact on its audience. Some in remembering loved ones and others in feeling connected to something bigger regardless of their own personal stories.
Written, directed and acted by Chris Goode, this is a production that will make you laugh, may make you cry but will certainly keep you entertained throughout!
- Hannah Brooks