In Amy Bethan Evans’ dystopian comedy regarding the visually impaired, nobody is left in the dark. The piece is audio described which I initially thought would ruin the experience for non-disabled viewers. However, the AD is fundamental to the performance’s comedy. Thus, whilst being accessible for the disabled, the play does not sacrifice an entertaining experience for other viewers.
This play doesn’t simply break the fourth wall - it smashes the wall, burns it to ashes and stamps on it for good measure, resulting in multiple successful jokes about the low budget of the production. Plus, it helped to drive the message that the show pedalled in a Brechtian style. Evidently, the visually impaired playwright had experienced injustice from the government and had a lot to say about it. Although, Libby’s Eyes cannot be credited as subtle - it’s more of a lecture with a fictional case study than a play at times.
To conclude, this is a small show with a big voice. Amy Bethan Evans uses this medium in a similar fashion to Brecht - this play won’t let you ignore the important message behind it.
Review by Max Guest