The Secret Keeper by Angela Clerkin
Review by: Paul Towers, 06 November 2017
A Clerkinworks & Ovalhouse presentation
Curve 6 & 7 November 2017
'Just because it is a fairy tale, don't expect a happy ending.'
Every fairy tale worth its salt is a combination of morality, fantasy and horror. Angela Clerkin's The Secret Keeper, not to be confused with Kate Morten?s book of the same name, has all those elements in a slyly satirical take on modern life, especially current surreal sexual revelations.
The Good Daughter stumbles upon the secret of making her father cast off the pall of gloom that hangs over him as he struggles to get over his brother's death nine years ago. All she has to do is listen to his secrets and promise never to reveal them. This instantly cheers him up and he proclaims her to be a miracle worker. Very soon the townsfolk flock to her and unburden themselves, absolving their miseries. Sound familiar? Pseudo Catholicism in all its glory. One by one the Good Daughter is burdened with all their sordid secrets until one day the weight becomes too great and she blurts the whole lot out. Again, familiar ground if you follow Edward Snowdon's leaking of US classified documents. Hypocritically those exposed go on the rampage and exact their revenge on the secret keeper's indiscretion. As is always the case the guilty cast round for someone else to blame for their own peccadilloes.
A supremely talented cast of just 4 play 40 characters with visual invention, an imaginative soundtrack and original songs.
Angela Clerkin plays the Good Daughter while Niall Ashdown, Hazel Maycock and Anne Odeke fill in all the blanks with aplomb, swiftly changing character with barely a draped shawl or an apron.
Just because it is a fairy tale, don't expect a happy ending.
Secret Keeper is at Curve again tomorrow. (Tues 7th Nov 2017)
Paul Towers: http://ptheatre.blogspot.co.uk/