‘275000 Britons go missing each year’: This is the first thing you see when you look at the ‘Missing’ leaflet that is thrown at you in the street. It’s a horrible statistic and part of you denies it because we don’t get to hear about all these people.
If a 21 year old man goes missing there is a very different response from the media to, for example, that of when Madeleine McCann went missing which sparked a manhunt which is still ongoing today. ‘Missing’ explores how knowing a missing person can affect the family, friends, police officers or anyone who gets involved in a case like this.
This piece establishes that the remaining friends and family could be considered victims of a missing person, with no closure or definitive answers. The play uses verbatim accounts to express the opinions and feelings of people involved in various missing cases.
The Engineer Theatre Group present each case differently in a variety of ways including physical theatre, interviews, monologues, sound collages and much more. This assortment of techniques keep the audience interested and make them think about the huge problem that missing people have become in our country.
The piece is extremely well executed; the actors work perfectly in sync with each other, the voice-overs, and the box props which help set the scene. The script cleverly entwines different testimonies together, resulting in a powerful and memorable performance.
This is a beautiful piece of theatre that causes the audience to question the system set in place to deal with missing people. It raises issues that need to be heard and does so in an eloquent and intriguing way.
Reviewed by Bethann Hastelow. Images courtesy of Underbelly.