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Madwomen in the AtticReviews:
by Aoife Kennan
Directed by Gabbie Bird
Dates: 3rd-16th August, 4 pm
Venue 145: Studio 5, C Nova, India Buildings, Edinburgh
Haworth parish hall welcomes you to their weekly ‘Womens Aid’ meetings, held every Wednesday, six ‘til seven.
Featuring: Jane, the woefully under-qualified group leader; Tony, who finds sexual gratification in Channel 4 documentaries; Grace, her warden, who sings karaoke every Friday night; Isabel, whose growing baby bump is struggling to fit behind the Tesco till and Helen, who lives in the hall on the hill and always arrives with paint on her fingers.
In this brilliant new play, see classic female Brontë figures strip off their corsets, break down the attic door and elbow their way in to the twenty-first century.
A dark comedy.
Byronic heroes not invited.
“Aoife Kennan’s The Madwomen in The Attic is at once hilarious, sad, disturbing, explosive and a provocatively gritty exploration of one of the most destructive images in literature… This combination of old and new serves to create nothing short of a masterpiece.” (Molly Moss in The Tab Cambridge)
“I was taken surprise by how witty the writing was, and left with an ache in my chest from the touching performances of each of the survivors …Flawless. When a play about domestic abuse can have characters spontaneously breaking into song without feeling trite, you know it is a masterful example of theatre.” (Claire Smith in Varsity Newspaper)