Eight by Ella Hickson
By Ella Hickson
The Lowry, 22 July 2010
For the lion’s share of the evening, these eight monologues made for engrossing theatre.
True, it was hardly possible to discern an overarching theme, but each person was someone you would recognise or could know. Andre spoke of the suicide of his boyfriend, Astrid reflected on her infidelity, while some others spoke of their lives more generally.
Along with poignancy, there were wry observations and bittersweet humour, courtesy of Ella Hickson’s excellent writing.
A difficulty for the reviewer (for this one, anyway) lies in choosing which particular performance to highlight, as all were at least good, so it’s really just a matter of taste.
Peter Hunt’s intense, and intensely catty, Andre appealed, as did Wendy Patterson’s Millie (a very English prostitute); and so too did Ryan Greaves as Jude, an innocent youth abroad.
Eight portraits rendered perfectly, each one enticingly different.
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