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An Audience With Shurl (Dramatic Change)

By | Published on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Sue Bevan is an incredibly gifted storyteller. Welcoming us, in character, as we enter the room, she is already entirely in control of her audience, and she never loses that throughout the next 55 minutes. Things begin with warmth and humour, dipping into moments of shock, horror and sympathy at breakneck speed, but never losing us for even a moment. It’s gripping, immersive stuff, and powerfully emotional. The time flew by, and at the end I was exhausted: happy and sad at the same time, feeling like I’d heard the true confessions of a real woman, not an artfully constructed and skilfully portrayed character. I’m not quite sure what I expected, but I didn’t expect to be moved so completely.

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]