THE play, The Freshwater Five, explores the case of a huge drugs find on the Isle of Wight in 2011.

It talks about the crew, the night in question, and the appeals made for those members still in prison.

With only four cast members and minimal set, the production at Quay Arts had its work cut out. And yet, somehow, it managed to convey its message perfectly.

I was completely unaware of any of the details of this case before seeing the show — after all I was only nine years old when the arrests took place.

However, I left not only informed about it, but with a thirst to know more.

The cast was a brilliant ensemble, playing off one another beautifully through each and every one of their background and their more stand out roles.

Evangeline Beaven gave an impressive performance as Emily Bolton, the lawyer, helping to narrate what was going on (as, though the multi-rolling was expertly carried out, it was sometimes hard to follow).

Zoran Dresic was Mustafa Zengin’s first role, and he easily kept up with the experienced cast.

Samuel Bossman was at the heart of the production. Not only is he credited as the director and lead producer, he carried many emotional monologues and moments in the story — proving a poignant and moving storyteller.

Chris Beard embodied every character perfectly. As Jamie Green (the captain of the crew) he commanded the cast with ease, and in another scene he brought tears to my eyes.

Despite the serious subject matter, the show was really quite funny at points.

With relatable quips about the car alarms on the Red Funnel sure to tickle almost any Islander, the jokes were well timed and well balanced. I found myself laughing aloud at some of them.

Dead Man Theatre company should be extremely proud of their work and I look forward to hearing about their future productions and projects.

There’s still time to catch the show at Ventnor Exchange, on Wednesday and Thursday.