One amazing thing that has come out of Covid-19 theatre is more filmed theatre. My latest theatre experience from the comfort of my own couch was Moment of Grace by Bren Gosling, presented by Backstory Ensemble.
Moment of Grace is beautifully shot and sensitively told, treating the issues of HIV raised at the time – ignorance, prejudice and lack of medical knowledge in how to treat it – with compassion and sensitivity.
The first piece Moment Of Grace by Bren Gosling takes us back to the 1980s and the last time the country faced a crisis over a virus.
Three character play Moment of Grace, based around Princess Diana’s visit to a London’s hospital’s first AIDS unit in 1987, is immensely thoughtful and emotional.
Katie Caden’s Conquest at The Vaults asks questions of how pro-active feminists need to be in contemporary society.
But as a nuanced discussion of the political and emotional minefield facing young women today, a witty takedown of some of the hypocrisies and contradictions of modern feminism, a celebration of female friendship and a tightly-scripted, laugh out loud evening, Conquest conquers all.
Having the power to change how one is treated by men – that is at the centre of Conquest. And while the impetus to shake things up in the play begins at a personal level, it later sets its sights, like the suffragettes of yore, at the Establishment.
As a work in progress, Conquest has so much potential, but right now the piece feels like a race against the clock rather than a thoughtful and considered piece on feminism, consent and what it means to be a woman.