‘Delicate performances’: BOOTS – Vault Festival

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The Vaults, London – until 11 March 2018
Guest reviewer: Lara Alier

Willow is a 35-year-old chemist who works at Boots and is writing a scientific journal. Liz is an older woman who takes care of her sick husband and spends half of her time walking in the woods. They both become curious about the other and eventually care for each other. The non-judgmental writing creates really round characters with many different layers.

We see snaps of their meetings at Boots, with monologues which slowly unfold the plot. The excellent writing and two contrasting characters make it endearing to watch. There are two big themes: one is how imposing motherhood can be on women and the other is the silent aftermath of sexual abuse, and how deeply it can affect a life.

There are really moving bits and confessions, especially relevant in a time like ours, where more and more people are speaking up. It is truly heartbreaking to see on-stage realities that travel no further than your own friends.

Tanya Loretta Dee and Ilona Linthway work their magic through the whole show with delicate performances.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.