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From Fringe 2018
After the Beep
Pamela Bethel—Son of Warehouse
From childhood to adulthood Pamela Bethel takes the audience through her memories with the help of her trusty answering machine tapes. Using a projector the tapes are given closed captions so the audience can read along. The audience gets to listen an laugh as Pamela narrates the before and after of the tapes.
Most of the tapes were funny but she did include some very racist and homophobic ones. This was done for a reason though. She said ‘hiding or pretending they didn’t exist i thought would be untruthful and worse’. She has a point but I still found the tapes incredibly hurtful.
Pamela was very raw and emotional in telling her stories. She didn’t hold back anything and it made me trust her more. The play challenges us to face our past rather than hide or deny it. I think it’s a lesson many need to learn including myself. This is an interesting take on the story-telling genre and I really enjoyed myself.