Review: Female Parts: Shorts, at Hoxton Hall
Stirring monologues by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and his wife Franca Rame, explore what it is to be a wife, mother and immigrant
23 March, 2018 — By Sabrina Dougall
Gehane Strehler in Female Parts Shorts. Photo: Sharron Wallace
A TRIPLE whammy treat lights up Hoxton Hall; Female Parts: Shorts guides the audience through what it is to be a wife, mother and immigrant, in three stirring monologues by women.
A Woman Alone and A Mother are the re-imaginings of Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo (translated from Italian) and his wife Franca Rame. An exceedingly talented Gehane Strehler shines as an over-pressured housewife in the first vignette (though the act is rather long, the plot sometimes verging on silliness). At one hour, the first piece pushes the evening into a lengthy one, with the triple bill clocking up two hours 50 minutes (with two intervals).
A Mother dwells on motherhood, alienation and terrorism, but if you can stay late, the pièce de résistance is Clare Perkins (EastEnders, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) in new play The Immigrant. As the first Afro-Caribbean astronaut, the protagonist wrestles with the demands of being a career-driven mother.
There is some painfully corny rhyming (smoke and mirrors made us choke / our marriage was a joke), but it’s a fantastically performed story for our time (complete with acrobatics!).
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