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Sisterhood review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘fails to cast a convincing spell’

Sisterhood by Jolie Booth, at the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

When shall we three meet again? According to Sisterhood by Jolie Booth, at any point in history. This play weaves together the fate of three women about to burn at the stake with brief snippets from the lives of modern women.

The idea is to show the damage done to the bonds between females by the historic witch trials and the immutable link that exists regardless, even between women who don’t really get along.

The belief of the performers (Jules Craig, Jolie Booth and Coco Maertens) in the project is palpable and the set design by Alberta Jones is a detailed cross-pollination of 16th-century ecclesiastical and fluorescent face paint, doodles and super-bright strands of wool.

The problem is that despite its sincerity as a project, it never translates into a believable or coherent narrative. Laced with “art”, “ye”, “yonder” and “thou”, the script sounds like a pastiche of Shakespeare. As they await the flames, the women dish out Ye Olde Periode Advice and lark around with a fox’s cock in a handkerchief.

The free sheet states: “Women don’t have to agree with each other. They don’t even have to like each other.” So maybe it’s OK I didn’t like this.

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Verdict
Women and witchcraft play briefly sparks but fails to cast a convincing spell

Production

Production
Sisterhood
Venue
Pleasance Courtyard
City
Edinburgh
Starts
August 1, 2018
Ends
August 26, 2018
Authors
Jolie Booth
Set
Alberta Jones
Lighting
Jess Bernberg, Jolie Booth
Sound
Sophia Craig-Daffern
Cast includes
Jolie Booth, Jules Craig, Coco Maertens
Producer
Kriya Arts
Running time
1hr