Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), Edinburgh
Until 27 August 2018
‘Her’ is a perverse figurehead for female empowerment and it is that contradiction and the darkness that I loved. A hotel room, a dead body, a maid covered in blood with a knife in her hand. This isn’t what it looks like, it definitely isn’t.
Writer Madeline Gould’s pitch black play perverts stereotypes to explore female criminality but more than that. Her (Hannah McClean) uses female stereotypes to her murderous advantage.
Gould has done her research. She knows the psychological profiles of different types of killers, knows the assumptions and the boxes into which criminals are placed. When Her describes blood it is sensuous and she revels in it as you would a more innocent substance.
Gould has created a deliciously complex character: duplicitous, despicable, clever, brutal and admirable. And McClean superbly captures the contradictions at times vulnerable, fun, charming and terrifying.
Her is a perverse figurehead for female empowerment and it is that darkness and contradiction that I loved.