Writer: Abi Zakarian
Director: Tom O’Brien
Reviewer: David Doyle
Abi Zakarian’s Fabric offers a searing look at the life of one woman, Leah, and how her life unravels. In the process, the show explores wider issues of the shifting roles and expectations of women in society today, in a show that showcases wonderful new writing, direction, and performance. The exploration of the challenges of finding one’s place in the world is powerful, and as the piece rushes towards its conclusion it is a piece which feels vital.
Zakarian’s script is wonderfully constructed with a plot that continually surprises, as well as characters that are well rounded. Zakarian’s writing feels effortless while also packs a real punch. In the hands of Tom O’Brien that writing is expertly and innovatively staged, which elevates the writing, giving it more of an impact. O’Brien’s direction never overshadows Zakarian’s words but rather highlights moments in them that are particularly poignant.
At the heart of the piece is an incredible performance from Nancy Sullivan. Her depiction of Leah propels the piece forward and her majestic performance charts the highs and lows of a woman trying to find her place in society. She brings incredible depth to Zakarian’s characters and gives a performance that is alone worth the price of a ticket.
Fabric is a piece which offers no real answers but more importantly offers space for a discussion about society’s view of women. The show sensitively handles some important themes without ever shirking from the horror of them. Wonderful new writing, a magnificent performance, and tight direction combine in Fabric to form a truly exciting piece of new writing.
Runs until 28 August 2016 (not 17)