Random by Debbie Tucker Green

Short, sharp and hard hitting, Random is a wonderfully poetic and deeply moving piece of theatre. Debbie Tucker Green writes this one woman show with style, passion and wit. It tells the story of a West Indian family whose life is ruined by one horrific, violent act. We follow a day in the life of mother, father, sister and brother, witness their disagreements, their difficulties and their love for one another as they go about their daily business; lazy brother late for school, sister working her banal day job with colleagues wearing her down, irritating.

Seroca Davis holds our attention in the large space at the Albany, feet practically rooted to the spot, she cleanly and effectively becomes each character and we laugh, sigh, recognise, empathise, sympathise and finally our eyes well as policemen arrive, unwelcome, delivering the news of her brother’s untimely death.

This fantastic piece of modern writing married with its simple delivery, a brave direction choice by director Sacha Wares, hits home hard the unfair, unexpected and devastating effect of an entirely ‘random’ act of violence.

This review was from the tour of Random at The Albany Theatre that took place in June 2010.