Each of Us, a solo comedy about love, friendship and human connection in times where the main certainty seems to be uncertainty.
In his 60-minute monologue, Ben Moor takes his audience on a journey through a pattern of events – some everyday, some surreal, which lead his character to a destination of revelation and self discovery. His character describes the people he meets who change his life, and he comes to realise the importance of human bonds. Ben is a fantastic storyteller, engaging the audience throughout his witty, insightful, intelligent, and beautiful tale.
Each Of Us premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013, where it received excellent reviews. Produced by Show and Tell, and directed by Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC Erica Whyman, the production is currently touring London.
The show begins with Ben’s character, a ‘complicit businessman’, sitting on a doorstep, watching people file by. “Marchers in a vast parade of the lonely,” he calls them. The feeling of insignificance and loneliness may resonate with anyone who has moved to a large city. But as Ben’s story progresses, he is able to look beyond the cool exterior of the subway masses on their way to work, in doing so revealing the soul and story in each of us.
At an early point in his tale Ben speaks of being enlightened through meeting a little boy. The boy tells Ben’s character that the only thing that really matters in life is his treasure, and pulls out a scuffed shoebox containing two treasures. But it’s not the objects that are the treasures, it’s the human connection that they represent.
“We adapt to our individual narrative environments, working out what’s relevant when; which weird thing is worth relating onwards; learning that this is a world of connections mainly because we always seek connections.”
Ben has a charming way of turning established ideas on their head. For instance, the boy also has a copy of an inverse fairy tale: the three pigs written from the wolf’s point of view. Perhaps it’s a way of encouraging his audience to be open-minded. Maybe the wolf wasn’t so bad: maybe he or she was simply an outsider who looked different.
For anyone who delights in the magic of words, this show is a must. It’s a lexicological dream, full of perfect simile, well-fitting metaphor, and constantly surprising and evolving imagery, not to mention a varied and inventive narrative. It’s the type of piece that my GCSE English teacher would pour over in joy at the plethora of analytical delights. Ben Moor has carefully sculptured each sentence he utters to ensure that it has a distinct place in his monologue. He’s also created his own language and terms in parts to generate humour. It’s a real breath of fresh air.
As a journalist, you’re taught to be clear and concise- to make sure every word has purpose and gives something that others have failed to do before it. Ben Moor spent five years perfecting his show. By gum, has it paid off. Each and every line is perfectly constructed. Nothing is a space filler, nothing is a waste of time.
Maybe that is Ben’s comment on life. We may be consumed with the negative, or focus on each day’s monotony and mundaneness, yet he tells us to look at it from another perspective. Who we meet, whom we interact with, and what we learn from them, makes us a better person. So, nothing is a waste.
“If this is a world of stories, and it is, you just have to open yourself up to find out what it’s telling you.”
Review by Emma Slater
Each of Us by Ben Moor: The London Roam 3rd March to 16th March 2014
The following tour dates are:
March 9th: Southwark Playhouse
March 13th: Canal Café Theatre
March 16th: Arcola Theatre
Tickets and show details:
Wednesday 5th March 2014