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The Rope in Your Hands is a metaphor for social responsibility. What would you do to save someone from drowning if you had a rope in your hands?

Siobhan O’Loughlin, who has written and performed this documentary theatre piece, takes us on a tour of New Orleans, still devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

She embodies different voices from around the city—the college lecturer, the hot-dog vendor, a volunteer relief worker, a musician—where racial tensions are simmering below the surface, but where music, food, and a shared culture still keep people together.

The stories could have been punchier and better woven together—but they do create a moving snapshot of turmoil. I really liked the underlying social and environmental activism of the play. There is an implicit challenge to the audience to wake up, to help out when we can. The rope is in our hands.