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Three To See 2012: One-woman shows

By | Published on Wednesday 25 July 2012

Mother To Mother

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three one-woman shows from the Fringe’s theatre programme.

Mother To Mother (pictured)
Another production from Assembly’s South African programme now. This one-hander sounds like a very powerful piece, and is performed by celebrated South African actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones. It’s inspired by the true story of the 1992 mob-killing of a white anti-apartheid activist, and sees this fictional mother coming to terms with the violence perpetrated by her own son, as well as relating to the bereaved mother of his victim. Sure to be poignant, but also promises to be uplifting.
Mother to Mother, Assembly George Square, 2-27 Aug (not 13), 4.00pm, fpp302.

Camille Claudel
I liked the sound of this the moment I heard about it. Camille Claudel was a French sculptor and artist, who, despite her extraordinary talent, became best known for her association with Auguste Rodin, who, it seems, may have actually copied some of her stuff. Star of the show Gael Le Cornec has received great reviews for her previous charismatic performances, so given that, and the fact that it’s such an interesting subject, I feel pretty sure this is going to be very entertaining.
Camille Claudel, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 7,14,21), 1.30pm, fpp264. www.footprintproject.org

Githa, aka KG Sowerby, was the writer of ‘Rutherford & Son’, a play which, when it debuted in 1912, caused something of a sensation for its searing portrayal of the negative effects of capitalism. The news that KG was actually a woman caused even more of a stir, and Githa briefly became a celebrated feminist hero. Over the years, her story has been forgotten; Royal Court graduate Hannah Davies brings her back to life.
Githa, C Venues – C nova, 14-27 Aug, 3.00pm, fpp281. www.theflanagancollective.co.uk

Photo: Suzy Bernstein