We all struggle with rejection, some more than others but it’s how we deal with it that counts. When One (Robyn Reilly), Two (Jess Ferrier), Three (Abi Price), Four (Lex Joyce) and Five (Isla Campbell) all go for the same job, they know the chances of success are limited. After the nerves of the interview a drink is much needed leaving these very different personalities to hash it out over who’s truly worthy of the new position.
We’ve all been in that interview, the one where you’re saying all the wrong things out of sheer nerves, praying the interviewer will see your potential shine through, give you the job despite your stutters. You can’t be too honest, but you also can’t lie or seem over enthusiastic about the position. From beginning to end this production presents characters that you can relate to, whether you are a One, Two, Three, Four or Five. The characters are real, fully fleshed out but don’t give us so much background that we break our own bonds to them as an audience.
In this witty and realistic play, we see just how people can deal with (or in some cases not deal with at all) rejection. It’s inevitable that you will see one of your own “coping” methods within the show whether you’re proud of it or not.
We also get a glimpse into the dire situation that is working in today’s society, directing attention to how competitive the market is for subpar jobs that barely treat us like humans and exploit the fact that we have very little choice but to do them to survive.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what your experience may be, you can still be going for the same low level paid job as everyone else in this capitalistic world designed to break your spirit and self-worth when you do have a job but also make you feel like you’re not good enough when you can’t get another. Shark Bait Theatre presents all these things in a clever and witty way that keeps its audience engaged from start to finish, allowing us to emotionally connect with its characters but also laugh along with them within their sorrow and stress.
I would highly recommend trying to fit this production into your Edinburgh Fringe schedule if you can, it is relevant, hilarious and at times emotional.
The Rejects plays at The Space On The Mile on 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 24th and 26th at 15:35
Buy Tickets at: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/rejects
Reviewer: Beth Eltringham
Reviewed: 8th August 2023
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