In Her Time
“The dark side of womanhood”
David Franchi – Monday, 26th September 2011
Another impressive interesting performance by Palladini Productions with the public left in an ecstatic mood with “In her time” at the Freehold Theatre, ongoing until 26th September 2011.
This piece, or better this compilation of pieces, is focused on the dark side of the women. The stunning collection of monologues and dialogues from Alan Bennett, Molière, and Joanna Murray-Smith went on scene at the little Freehold Theatre in Muswell Hill.
Freehold Theatre, in fact, is a new performance space project based at the Freehold Community Centre, Muswell Hill, opened just last year. Muswell Hill is a very artistic place. Supported by a small local charity it aims to provide an opportunity for young actors, directors and producers to show their talents without the expenses usually incurred in organising live theatre. Therefore, if anyone wants to develop a theatre project feel free to contact the Freehold Theatre.
Produced and directed by creator Saima Duhare the show is a collection of works from Alan Bennett’s “Outside Dog” & “Her Big Chance”, Molière’s “Misanthrope” and Joanna Murray-Smith’s “Bombshells”. The location where the action of the script takes place is unknown. In any case it is not important where the setting is. Mainly, there are monologues and a dialog.
These are universal stories that can happen everywhere. “Outside Dog” & “Her Big Chance” reflect the usual ironic writing style of the author, Alan Bennett, an English writer who, together with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller, and Peter Cook, achieved instant fame by appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1960 in the satirical revue ‘Beyond the Fringe’. Moliere with his ageless “Misanthrope” depicts a female character which is out of time, therefore striking the essential elements of the womanhood. Instead, the Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith has written her multi- awarded “Bombshells” especially for dancer Caroline O’Connor; it was filmed for ABC Television and toured the world. From Murray-Smith’s clever comedic writing style to Molière and Bennett’s amazing talents for observation and detail, this show explores a timeline of Women.
These women open the Pandora box of the femininity letting go out all the aspects that affect modern women, from solitude to difficult relationships, the marriage, and the bond with the society, love and pain.
Performed by an intensely talented cast of four actresses, this piece of work explores the splendour and the blemish rooted in these great female characters that reflect womanhood.
Cast is a group of talented four women that are very good at interpreting those difficult characters: Hayley Cartwright, Avril Pool, Kate Steel and Julia Eve.
Event Venue: Freehold Theatre, 9 Alexandra Rd, Muswell Hill, London, N10 2EY
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