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Power Play: Next Time (Power Play Theatre and Jess Moore)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

Whilst I appreciate the intention to raise awareness, I nevertheless find this play deeply problematic. It is an unconvincing portrayal of a female victim of domestic violence, a nameless woman with hardly any lines. Does it pass the Bechdel test? Probably not. We hear more from her husband, though he’s not even present (he leaves voicemails), as he takes us on a painting-by-numbers journey of abuse. The script is virtually non-existent; instead there’s a lot of moaning and sobbing. This happens, yes – it’s horrendous. But I want to know this woman’s name, to hear her story; I don’t want her identity erased by victimhood. Far from a ‘power play’, this does a disservice to those who have experienced abuse.

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tw rating 1/5 | [Marni Appleton]