ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

The Yellow Wallpaper (Amarillo Arts)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

Feminism or insanity? This one-woman adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic short story offers no easy answers. Lesley Free deftly draws the audience into her quest for selfhood as she portrays a woman who goes mad, or is driven mad by patriarchy in the form of her eminently practical husband, or is mad all along, or isn’t mad but rebels against the predetermined patterns of 19th century gender constructs. Free depicts the chaos of an adult mind trapped behind nursery bars with a wide-eyed innocence that blends well with the character’s enforced dependency. However, with an extremely short running time, the show cries out for an extended exploration of the wallpaper’s sinister impact.

theSpaces @ Surgeons Hall, 5 – 20 Aug (not 7), 1.10pm (1.40pm), £8.00, fpp313.
tw rating 3/5