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Who’s Afraid Of Rachel Roberts? (Torch Theatre Company)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

Helen Griffin vividly enacts welsh actor Rachel Robert’s decline into alcoholism following her divorce from actor Rex Harrison. The programme jokingly explains that this is her third solo show at the festival because “no one else will work with her” but it makes sense, given the nature of this performance, that she has chosen to work alone; her solitude on stage works because it creates an essential intimacy between actor and audience. Playing with the setting of a talk show, Griffin frequently addresses the audience, accusing them of judging her or being just as guilty as she is. The show is often explicit and probably not for the faint-hearted, but this style is entirely justified, and beautifully utilised, to bring the relentlessly characterful Roberts back to life.

Assembly Roxy, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 3.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Michael Black]