The term ‘bucket list’ in the Oxford dictionary:
A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.
This phrase has evolved from the term ‘kick the bucket’, which means to die, and has grown in popularity since the film The Bucket List was released in 2007.
Adam Barnard, a playwright and theatre director based in London, has written a play called buckets. I was fortunate enough to see this play performed by the exceptionally talented Dorchester Youth Theatre in Dorset.
Dorchester Youth theatre’s director, Jo Simons, admirably selected this play for the young actors to perform, allowing them to develop the production using many of their own ideas.
The set for the play was a simple raised platform in the centre of the audience, which gave an intimate feeling of involvement to the audience.
A combination of short scenes was performed, and although they used few props, effective lighting gave full emphasis on the engaging acting.
This is a full-length play, and the topics that the young people were exploring were all based around the subject of death. The scenes varied in content with serious and emotional moments that were beautifully balanced with humour and sensitivity. The cast’s obvious genuine passion for the need to discuss this topic was hugely apparent.
From medical palliative care advice, to ideas about living life to the full, caring, sharing and talking, this performance had me absorbed from beginning to end, and I came away feeling lucky to be alive.