Old Red Lion Theatre, London – until 29 September 2018
It’s an ordinary life, one she feels she is sleepwalking through and frustration grows when asked when she and Taj are going to get married and have children.
Taj has leanings in that direction (it’s not that play), the problem is that Jess doesn’t. While she is wrestling with that conundrum, she decides to join a post-punk band, but before her first gig she has to make a life-changing decision.
Written by Lydia Rynne, Hear Me Howl is peppered with references to culture contemporary to the 30-somethings and bubbles with witty lines and observation while handling issues such as pregnancy and abortion with sensitivity and insight.
It’s a play that refreshingly challenges sex-role stereotypes by highlighting the pressures, frustrations and dilemmas faced by a woman who doesn’t necessarily want to follow society’s prescribed path. There are moments of tenderness – Rynne avoids the usual sort of antagonistic mother-daughter relationship – but it builds to a blistering drum beat of female empowerment and liberation.
I wanted to pick up drumsticks and join a post-punk band myself, instead, I left the theatre nodding along to some Pearl Jam. Great to see a play challenging gender stereotypes but doing it in a way that is both fun and considered, I’m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
It’s 70 minutes long and is at the Old Red Lion Theatre until September 29.