Lino – Review

24-year-old Harry Perkins took to the Atrium stage on July 20th to perform his autobiographical one-man-show, ‘LINO’, for the first time. Set in Basildon, Essex, this coming-of-age drama focuses on Harry, an only child who experiences a search for identity as he tries to deal with his tormented and troubled family. This groundbreaking play about the long-term impacts of domestic abuse is told through a series of memoirs from the survivor himself, exposing the prevailing injustices of abuse on a personal and social level. Harry put on a brave face and told his story that is as unique as it is universal – grappling with emotions that we have all experienced: powerlessness, shame, doubt, blindness, repression, forgiveness and animosity. Harry added, “It was very cathartic writing it, helped me deal with everything. They say write what you know and that, so I just did”. He has already won the Gruff Jones Memorial Prize for Scriptwriting, and is on the hunt to to gather sufficient funding to tour the U.K. with the production. After studying a BA Film Studies and MA Scriptwriting at the University of South Wales, it was somewhat rewarding to see his first production come to life at the university he studied at for many years. Harry’s début was a huge success, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

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