Thursday 16 August 2012 | By Emily Pulsford
ED2012 Theatre Review: Mother Tongue (Brick Theatre)
Set against an atmospheric visual backdrop of still and moving images, author Jillian Lauren used physical theatre and rhetoric to tell her moving, autobiographical tale of adoption, womanhood and finding her place in the world. Using a series of monologues, she created the voices of the female figures involved in the complex web of adoption, drawing the audience right into the lives of the troubled, yet determined women. Another dimension was added by telling one woman’s story through the medium of a video diary, providing an intimate insight into her struggle. This was a simply created, beautiful, account. Through Lauren’s compelling performance we felt despair at every failure, and joy at her final triumph in this stunning and provocative production.
Summerhall, 4-15 Aug, 4.00pm
tw rating 5/5 | [Emily Pulsford]