Catherine Shipton takes on the part of five different army wives who are living on a military base in England. The indescribable strain of waiting for their husbands to return unharmed is fittingly articulated by this decision to cast one woman in all five roles. Shipton shifts seamlessly between the roles of the wives whose personalities and backgrounds are clearly distinguished through mannerisms and accents. However. the women are united by painful truths after the implications of a horrific event on the frontline. ‘Soldiers’ wives’ explores the supportive and distrusting relationship between women who define themselves by the support they give to their husbands. Proceeds from this production are donated towards help the heroes.
Assembly Roxy, 5-27 Aug 12.30pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Isobel Rogers]