The woke and the trolling: Scrounger @Finborough
It's an exciting piece of storytelling that puts you in her shoes. Stevens is a detailed storyteller, and she expertly covers the everyday ordeals that people with disabilities face. From the passive aggressive remarks uttered by flight attendants to friends who have trouble thinking that Elephant and Castle is a part of central London. It's all told with humour, warmth and a healthy amount of outrage.
She is assisted by Leigh Quinn who plays a series of supporting characters. What emerges is of conflict avoiding able-bodied people, poorly written regulations and general ignorance and indifference.
Adding to the intensity of the story is the inventive use of sound effects from sound designer Julian Starr, and directed by Lily McLeish, the piece moves through events quickly.
You don't need to look far to see disability discrimination in the real world either. The Finborough Theatre no longer has accessible toilets since the Finborough Arms pub (which share the building) ripped them out. There is now a small kitchen serving bog-standard food in their place. Welcome to 2020. No accessibility but plenty of chicken wings and scampi.
Scrounger is at the Finborough Theatre until 1 February. But this is a show that feels like it should have a longer life, either as a transfer or adaptation for television.
Photos by Nick Rutter