Cloaks by Alison Dunne
An Ivoryfishbone production - directed by Alison Dunne and performed by Lesley Emery and Charlotte Bond
Upstairs @ The Western, Leicester 21/4/17
Review by: Paul Towers, 21 April 2017
Kath works in the cloakroom at the local theatre hanging up the coats of the theatre goers. This leaves her plenty of time between performances to reminisce about her life while putting up with her friend Kim's awful jokes and incessantly cheery chatter.
As frustrated matriarch Kath, Lesley Emery leads the performance while Charlotte Bond snaffles coats from the rack to become a range of characters from Kath's erstwhile husband, Bryn, to her Mum, Dad and sister.
The sparkling dialogue reminds me of a laid back Victoria Wood and Dunne is just as capable of veering from laugh out loud to tearful poignancy as we experience Kath's disappointment at failing to conceive and her subsequent divorce.
My only gripe is that there was no programme or even fact sheet to detail some background about the author, cast and crew. I know that these productions at Upstairs at The Western are done on a shoestring but the participants deserve recognition.
This sold out performance will be repeated at Newbold Verdon library on April 22nd.
Paul Towers http://ptheatre.blogspot.co.uk/
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