Writer: Clara Brennan
Director: Bethany Pitts
Reviewer: Deborah Klayman
Teenaged Amy has a story to tell, and she is taking no prisoners. Feisty, frenetic and fit to burst her text explodes out of her as soon as the lights come up, as she prowls the book-stack set talking directly to the audience as if they are old friends.
Young actress Rosie Wyatt gives a powerful performance as Amy, and also portrays an elderly lady named Glenda who gradually becomes the teen’s friend and mentor. On the surface, Amy and Glenda couldn’t be more different, but as the plot develops common ground emerges, and the relationship that grows between them warm and touching. Wyatt’s delivery is relentless, with Amy talking ten to the dozen, and the infrequent pauses are a welcome respite. Glenda’s interjections are slower, a fine counterpoint, and the set carefully designed to echo her home.
For those familiar with Theatre Uncut, Spine (performed by the same actress) appeared in a shorter form as part of their debut at the Traverse Theatre. This full-length piece retains much of the sense of the original, although much of Amy’s back-story has been added, some parts more successfully than others. The strongest and most affecting part of Clara Brennan’s piece is the unexpected friendship between two seemingly opposite women and the lifelong effect on Amy, and this shines through in the latter half of the play leaving the audience witha lump in the throat.
Runs until 24thAug