ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Lie Back And Think Of America (Natalie Wilcox / Front Room Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Air raid sirens and evacuation calls pepper this one-woman show, set during the blitzed frenzy of World War II. Struggling to accept the death of her father, Sarah (Natalie Wilcox) seeks approval and acceptance as she monologues to an old framed photo of her dad, before escaping from her spinster mother with knapsack in hand. Offering up her various relationships and encounters, Wilcox’s performance harbours a gentle and charming nostalgia while clashing hard against the grim social relations ruined by the pressures of the war. The performance props up the piece however, as the narrative is slightly weak, with episodic solos fracturing the flow; as a result, instead of coming to truly empathise with Sarah, we can only appreciate her performance.

theSpaces at Surgeons Hall, 15 – 20 Aug, 11.40am (12.55pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp275.
tw rating 3/5