Legend: A Tale
to be Told. A Shared History. A Lie
Directed by Freyja Winterson
2nd May 2013
Lady Parts Theatre is a new Liverpool-based writing company which specialises
in creating and promoting strong roles for women; and on the basis of
their production Legend at the wonderful, whimsical Lantern Theatre; all
I can say is lucky old Liverpool.
Legend comprised of six short plays by local writers, all based around
their own interpretations of the theme of myths and legends. The first
play ‘Sirens’ (written by Laura-Kate Barrow) featured a haunting
performance by Laura Danielle Sharp, who told her tale of temptation,
and love dashed against the rocks. ‘We Three Queens’ (written
by Kat Boon) was a bittersweet tale of a chance encounter by two women
with a shared past, and a half remembered story that a mother used to
tell to her two young daughters. This was very skilfully done, with the
two sides of the story batting between the two actresses, Rachael Wallis
and Jackie Jones, with a real chemistry. ‘Medusa’ (written
by Ruth Hartnoll) told us the dark but funny story of how she came to
be, and in many ways stole the show with the syrup-voiced, enigmatic Nuala
Maguire in the title role (I particularly remember a gasp of “she
looks amazing!” from one admirer as Ms. Maguire came on stage).
In the latter part of the show, we had ‘Wolf’ (written by
Brian Charity), which was a clever twist on an old classic and had the
audience in stitches with a clever bit of audience participation (or hostage-taking?)
Red (Becky Brooks) and Pig (Rachael Wallis) were on top form and full
of a catchy energy. This was followed up by the dark and brooding soliloquy
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”, with a very convincing performance
by Zoe Vaux. Legend closed with “Wood” (written by Hayley
Greggs) which was tender and heart-warming in spite of its sad theme.
In this respect, the night really did finish on a high, Jackie Jones and
Nuala Maguire as the carpenter and his wife were very engaging and really
drew the audience in to the story.
The difficulty of writing a short play is perhaps one of the most underrated
and undervalued skills in theatre. The challenges of creating characters
which have depth and a story that really has something to say in such
a short time frame makes it one of the most difficult styles to get right.
Every single one of these talented writers managed it. Legend had talent,
imagination and flair in abundance. I look forward to seeing more from
the gifted writers, actresses, and director Freyja Winterson.
Comment left by Jackie Jones on 20th May, 2013 at 17:26
Thank you so much for coming to watch and for these kind words. The great writing made it a joy to perform!