The dramatic swells of the opening bars of music set the tone for this striking piece. Though the actors get off to a slightly stiff start, they soon get into their stride. The chemistry between the two leads is what makes the play so wonderful– Chrissie Page’s Anna, an emotionally-stunted, ageing hippy, flowerchild contrasts beautifully with Anna Cheney’s Billie, who wears her heart on her sleeve. Meeting as mother and daughter for the first time, they struggle to match their expectations with the reality, as they debate wider themes of love and feminism. Brilliant acting and a surprising twist made this one of the most enjoyable theatre pieces I’ve seen so far.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 1.15pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlotte Ryan]