Review: Possible (National Theatre Wales)

Possible is a ‘playful and profound piece of storytelling’, written and performed by Shôn Dale-Jones.

Before Covid lockdown hit, Dale-Jones was thinking of and developing a show all about love. When his life descended into a place of chaos and noise, the show became what we see today.

Created to be experienced in digital form, Dale-Jones and collaborator John Biddle (composer/musician) bring a deeply personal piece to the screen which is performed live from the stage at The Riverfront in Newport.

Opening with a blast of Grandmaster Flash, Dale-Jones starts his story (“it’s how I make things make sense”). The characters we meet are real: the wife, the mother, the daughter. The three peaks of a mountain.

We follow Dale-Jones through periods of adversity: the siblings’ What’sApp group, perceptively called Keep.Calm; the father-in-law’s declining dementia – sadly a situation I know well right at this moment so it hurt and touched my heart to see it mentioned here; the need to sell a house no longer practical with declining income.

Utilising animation, video, words, images and phrases with ambient sounds and music, Possible is a creation which looks in a quirky way at all the demands we deal with each day.

The joy of making a new house feel like a home. The unexpected gift of a home-made scone, made at midnight. The memory of sleepless nights with a new baby. Watching a swan take off.

These are small pleasures within the noise and bustle, and Dale-Jones’s approach to his show is fresh and unique. Part spoken word, part theatre, part film, part gig, Possible resists any attempt to place it into a particular box.

Possible streams live until 2 July and will be available to view on demand from 6-13 July. For more information and to purchase a ticket, go here.

LouReviews received complimentary access to review Possible.