Wayward Women review at Library Theatre Solihull
The play features three wonderful female characters – a middle-aged and sweet widow Mary, Helen, a pretty single mother, and troubled young adult Eve.
These loveable women are well played by Erin Gerathy, Kay Little and Sarah Thomas-Lane, who reveal their characters’ dark sides slowly through the play. But beyond this sister act which brought together three unlikely friends in spiralling witchcraft, the play lacks impact and would best be described as confusing.
Scene changes often leave the spectator double guessing what is actually happening and the play oscillates between different genres and moods, never really settling anywhere. The script has some key moments of light-hearted comedy by the three generations of women, accurately exploring female issues, particularly in the second half when the tone becomes disturbingly dark, touching on some of the worst sufferings of women, including rape and wife beating.
All this is wrapped in a package of alternative spirituality which culminated in unnecessary nudity. Ultimately there are so many mixed messages that I was unsure as to what the point really was and what the play actually aimed to say or achieve. Although concessions must be made considering the play is toured without funding, more imagination could be used in the lighting and the set.
The set is bland – some simple use of props or lighting could make a great difference, particularly in differentiating the two different flats it represented. Meanwhile the occasional use of speech through speakers while the actresses perform in silence gives the play some welcome variation and dimension.
Library Theatre, Solihull , October 12, then touring
- Simon Andrew Stirling
- Lynn Davies
- Kayelle Productions
- Erin Geraghty, Kay Little, Sarah Thomas-Lane
- Running time
- 3hrs 45mins
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