This Woman's Work

Date 27th September 2019
Society Billingham Players
Venue Billingham Upsatirs Theatre
Type of Production Play
Director Jo Fisher

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Author: Jean Scarlett-Carr

This was a play devised and directed by Jo Fisher who had taken a walk back through history from 1600s to present day to find the influential women of their times that were largely overlooked because of their gender, who despite that had been creative, courageous, and clever in their fields of expertise.  A well written script performed by 11 ladies across all ages with some good comedy lines, and various songs covering 34 portrayed characters with more relayed to from Linda Dunning as the Narrator with a read file or the lovely Poet's recitals from Michelle Plews.

Songs were sung by Jo Fisher with a pleasant voice across the different genres all ably achieved, from soft ballads to very tongue twisting comedy of Victoria Wood, and accompanied in duets by Rebecca McClelland who had a beautiful quality to her singing.  The other 7 cast members each played several characters, with different country accents and personas, all done extremely well with accuracy and style in such short episodes to switch in and out of and maintain their character. No easy task.

The fixed rostra black set worked well with varying levels and entrances that the cast to used well both in pictures and choreographed movement. Scene props changes by the cast were all completed quickly and smoothly.  The accurate lighting created blocked areas as well as full floor colours that worked well and all actors were well heard.  The costumes were very well done both in the depiction of the character and the effects of variation of colours and cloth. A lot of business, interesting factual content, a little bitty of many scenes for flow, but an entertaining, educational evening. Well done Billingham Players.