In 1977, space probe Voyager was launched into space. Its job was to explore our solar system, all the while taking photographs and readings to send back to NASA on Earth. Although this all sounds quite extraordinary to begin with, Voyager also had another mission – onboard is a golden record, which includes music from various cultures, greetings in different languages and sounds of the earth. The idea was for this to serve as a massive “hello” to whoever – or whatever – finds it.
You, Me and Everything Else is a theatre show based on the true-life story of this mixtape being put together before the launch. It follows the lives of those involved in the project and shows that a great deal of love, support, creativity and infidelity existed within the group. While the initiative brought a huge amount of excitement and positivity into the lives of some of its team members, it also managed to ruin the lives and relationships of others.
The story is certainly a complicated one, but Camisado Club – the theatre group behind the production – told it well. The small, intimate space of The Customs House studio theatre made the show seem quite private and as if, although we were playing witness to the turmoil within the lives of a group of strangers, we weren’t being too intrusive.
A particular notable aspect of the production was the set-up of the stage. The basic but functional set allowed the cast to move from one scene to another without little trouble and well-crafted props, such as a model of Voyager, provided sufficient context throughout.
The performance itself was also incredibly tight, with every actor and actress being exactly aware of what was going on at any one time. Despite the jumps between scenes and the somewhat complicated narrative, not one of them missed a beat, always delivering their lines perfectly on cue and with a great deal of commitment.
Voyager’s story might be a brilliant one in itself, but its the people aspect that makes it worth putting on a stage. Those behind the ‘mixtape of humanity’ had lives, jobs and relationships outside of the project. They all had their own personalities and tales to tell and that’s what You, Me and Everything Else is all about.
You, Me and Everything Else was, all in all, a fantastic show about an amazing venture. Exploring a side of a true story that little has been written about is a brave thing to do. However, Camisado Club stepped up to the challenge rather wonderfully and the show was a feat of their own that deserves much esteem.