Suicide isn’t normally a great topic of conversation, let’s be honest, and typically we don’t get the full story. Written and performed by Milly Thomas, Dust takes us on a fast paced, whirlwind journey as Alice finds herself stuck after she has killed herself… stuck to watch who she has left behind.
Up in the Big Belly of Cowgate, we are introduced to Alice in the minutes after she has left her corpse, as the doctors prod and poke away, and Alice watches in disgust. This is a ghost story but not as we once knew it… Full of crude sex stories, blunt sarcasm and quick retorts, Alice’s lifestyle will be familiar to a lot of audience members (but potentially not their parents!) as she tells of nights sliced with drugs and alcohol, and the people close to her.
The highs are counteracted by the lows and as Alice’s depression is hinted at and explored to some extent, relationships break down and emotions run free between family and friends. Switching from character to character, from Mum to best friend Ellie and others in between, Alice’s cold reaction in the face of grief and funeral planning is captivating to watch. Milly Thomas completely commands the space, and the harsh lighting and bass filled sound design work perfectly in sync to take us on a fly on the wall style trip through the aftermath of Alice’s death.
Fuelled by strong writing and fierce delivery, Dust is a must see. As the turbulence of the script takes its audience in to it’s rhythm, Milly Thomas is an absolute force to be reckoned with and the exploration of the life left behind you is honest and hard hitting. I urge you all to blag a ticket by any means possible.
Dust | Underbelly Cowgate