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Valiant (Handan Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 12 August 2015


‘Valiant’ is horribly uncomfortable, but in a good way. Offering a thoroughly intense 70 minutes, this verbatim piece is adapted from the interviews of thirteen women about their experiences of war. This show promises, and then delivers, some serious emotional impact. It gives a platform to the often overlooked war-time experiences of women, in countries spanning from Japan to Northern Ireland, from Afghanistan to San Salvador. The four female actors each give strong dramatic performances, particularly in terms of assuming the accents of the women interviewed, and these performances offset one another beautifully. Despite only being a few days into the festival, I already know that I will be pushed to find a theatre show that tops this.

C Nova, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Megan Wallace]