The cry and whimper of a baby, the cooing baby-talk of a mother in response, back and forth, back and forth, as time moves on, and the significant words and moments alter, a breathless streaming of remembered highlights in life, with equally significant dramatic pauses, from childhood to old age – this is the stuff of Kate O’Flynn’s 45 minute, non-stop virtuoso performance of Alistair Mcdowall’s “all of it.”

And within that 45 minute monologue, there is not just one, but several lives implied, as part of that repetitious cycle that is life, and that is at the heart of this production – the sense that a life is a sort of repetition of previous lives, linked to it in ways that are unseen until very late in the life of one of the links in the chain. And a second powerful motif, is the significance of apparently trivial and typical moments of life, which form a core of meaning in that repeated cycle.

This is a highly enjoyable and thought-provoking tour de force for both O’Flynn and Mcdowall.