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Last Of The Pelican Daughters (The Wardrobe Ensemble / Complicité / Royal & Derngate Northampton)

By | Published on Tuesday 27 August 2019

Four sisters attempt to celebrate their dead mother’s birthday with their granny (a skeleton in a wheelchair) and their respective partners, but there’s a pervading sense that isn’t going to be solved by dancing to their mum’s records and having a few too many drinks. This darkly comic, kitchen sink-drama is a surprising departure from Wardrobe Ensemble’s conventional style, but is certainly a welcome one. The script is remarkably well written, with distinct characters who are all tremendously well performed – particularly by the women, who beautifully capture the dynamics of sisterhood. Melding naturalism and abstract movement sequences seamlessly throughout, this is a tender, assured and emotive meditation on universal themes of grief, family and the bonds that tie us together for better or worse.

Pleasance Courtyard, run ended
tw rating 4/5 [Amy Bonar]