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Finding Libby (Alarum Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

A new play written and performed by Kate Saffin, this is a one-woman show about a one-woman life. Dowdy and worrisome Pauline, whose whole life has been dulled by her parents’ middle class obsession with respectability during her childhood, takes the bold step of embarking on a canal boat holiday. On board, this respectability is, of course, revealed to be illusory and grotesque. There are charming segments of writing, and Saffin plays the role of a woman whose whole life has been ‘getting on’ perfectly, though the play lacks the killer blow which the plot calls for. The play touchingly illustrates the truism that everyone has a secret life, but in this case shows us little about the person who lives it.

Assembly Hall, until 16 Aug, 12.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [James Hampson]