Review of RESULT at The Pleasance Islington
‘Result‘ at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, is the latest offering from Sketty Theatre whose previous productions have included ‘Imogen’, ‘Tom’s’ and ‘Feral’.
The production is billed as ‘A powerful new play that explores the emotion behind every kick’, and a powerful emotional and witty kick is indeed what the audience gets. The story centers around a group of young footballers facing their final months in a youth training academy and how they deal with the pressures of gaining a contract. They are introduced to a new sports psychologist (Marc) whose aim is to help them cope mentally with the challenges that competitive sport brings. We are invited into a world that is tough on the young footballers. They are consistently berated by their coach Carl (played by Cameron Jack) and pushed to their physical limits. In contrast Marc, the psychologist, is more concerned with helping the footballers cope when plan A, getting a contract, doesn’t work out. It is refreshing to see the bravery of co-directors, and writers, Alex and Toby Clarke (who also happen to be brothers) as they tackle mental health issues within football, and probably more widely, in competitive sport.
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