The 2007 economical crash and the following crisis in 2008 is perhaps the most influential event of the 21st century. Its effects were felt far beyond the world of bankers and brokers and Dare To Do sets out to describes this through the narration of Bear, a character loosely based on Kweku Adoboli, a trader who was jailed for his part in raking up huge losses. Dare To Do does a good job of describing a culturally diverse community, class differences between various neighborhoods and its effects on the inbetweeners, people like Bear who tread the grey line yet refuse to step down carefully.
The narrative structure is strong and fluid but the production falls short in several places The lighting design was painfully on the nose and the projections were at best unnecessary, at worst confusing. Many of the projections were out of synch with the action on the stage and were projected so high above the stage that the audience had to take their eyes off the action on the stage to follow what was happening in the projections. The set design felt lazy and the staging uninteresting.
A redeeming quality for the production were the efforts of the actors who, set up to fight against the low energy of the production, often succeeded to a dazzling degree. Jaye-Ella Ruth does a great job with the wordy Bear and Rachel Summers commands the stage with her presence in the role of Melanie.
Dare to Do is well written and stars a good ensemble of actors but the production could certainly be done in a more interesting way.
Written by Disa Andersen