Performing at the Lion and Unicorn Pub Theatre, Sixty-Seven is a light-hearted story about the friendship between two very different yet complementary female colleagues at a law firm.

Sixty-Seven is directed by Tiny Theatre Co. with sound and lighting by Jessica Parritt. Isabelle Stokes deserves all the praise for her hilarious writing. The set included a classic office set-up – two desks facing each other that held computer monitors, a plant, a reusable water bottle, post-it notes, pens, and mugs. Though there were only two actresses and the set didn’t change, they brilliantly added elements to make the ‘world’ and cast bigger. They changed the lighting and added props to show they were outside the office; they added clothing to play different characters; they had sound elements like Tik Tok scrolling and emails being read out; they acted like they were talking to other people in the office. I really liked how we got to see what these women were doing outside of their office lives. 

Through storytelling, Sixty-Seven talked about important issues we face today, including climate change, sustainability, managing emotions (and what happens when you can’t), and social media. This play showed two different ways people deal with their emotions without saying which was better. It was heart-warming, hilarious, and moving, leaving you in good spirits.

Jools (Alex Brailsford) is stony-faced yet good-hearted and has aspirations to move up in the law firm. While initially having an inexpressive demeanour, we learn she has a lot of passion for environmental activism. I know the point of Jools was to be deadpan, but I wish she had more depth, that we could see a little more of what makes her tick.

Beth (Olivia Roebuck) is Jools’ bubbly, well-dressed colleague who loves a party and sharing inspirational quotes. She never gets tired of Jools’ dry comments. While seemingly superficial, she deeply cares about others, especially Jools. In the climax of the play, Roebuck wonderfully conveyed Beth’s vulnerable side, giving us an explanation of why she keeps a positive attitude.  

Brailsford and Roebuck had amazing chemistry; they are the perfect dynamic duo. The show has a sitcom flair with well-timed punchlines and two extremely different characters. I’d love to see more of Beth and Jools’ adventures together. Sixty-Seven is only on for two more nights, so run to the Lion and Unicorn before you miss it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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