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Strangeways (University of Manchester Drama Society)

By | Published on Monday 19 August 2013

A touching and moving look into the mind of a 70-something widow left with only her cat and ghosts as company, ‘Strangeways’ explores the life of Dot from Manchester. We are introduced to her cat, Tiptoes, and her dead husband Vinnie’s ghost, who still haunts her each day. But with the arrival of psychiatrist, Sam, we quickly progress through Dot’s ramblings and memories to reach a much more sinister and painful story. Ellie Scanlan, as Dot, gives a fantastic and resounding performance as a lonely, old woman and draws the audience in. Although sometimes a bit confusing, ‘Strangeways’ successfully portrays the trauma of solitude with a creepy but still heartfelt performance.

theSpace on North Bridge, until 24 Aug (not 18), 8.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Virgo]