I'll admit it, I wasn't intending to listed to allll of this podcast, I just popped on to see how the fabulous Kirsty Woolven sounds in other dramas, as I always like to hear more of the people I've worked with. But one episode led to another, and now here I am looking forward to Episode 21.
But this isn't a biased review any more. And here's why...
Y2k is great idea. It's very easy to get into and it allows the listener to be aware of the whole canvas from the outset. As the drama progressively evolves, the listener is expertly led through the story in a way that ensures you are never felt out-of-the-loop. No info-dumps, no uncertainty within the scenes. If the “narrator,” Olivia understands the situation, then so will the listener. And likewise, if Olivia is unsure as to what's going on, then the listener is right there with her. Inspired writing choices.
Y2k purports to be a heavy drama, but I find it very light and approachable. Certainly the overall conceptualisation is rooted in reality, but aside from strong expletives (not signposted as triggers for some reason) the topics in the play are performed in a way that does not make difficult listening. And that's a huge plus for this. It gives the whole thing a charm that would have been destroyed if a “gritty” approach had been employed. I truly hope it continues in this style.
The villain is a wholly dislikable individual with an almost moustache-twirling presence that, although not pantomime, is an extreme character, performed 100% full-on slime-ball. Initially jarring, but he certainly stands out and there's no denying, it works in the play.
The other leads are perfectly cast and very, VERY listenable.
There are loads of avenues Y2k could have taken, some better, some far worse, but as it is, it's well worth a listen. I'm gonna stick with it... because I'm hooked! And I'm recommending it right here.