Female Parts: Shorts ★★★★✰
Female Parts: Shorts tells the story of three VERY different women with three VERY different monolouges. A Woman Alone, an Immigrant and a Mother, each one battling their own series of events and demons.
The show opens in a living room, clothes hanging on the wall and baby stuff over tables and the floor, the women alone busts into the living room singing and dancing her heart out, it’s not until she notices a new neighbour moved in does she start talking. The Women alone played by Gehane Strehler, starts to describe her life as this happy fairy tale, it isn’t until we get further into the story that we realise appearances are not all they’re cracked up to be.
Strehler delivers a fantastic performance as a hard done by woman having to live her life according to her husband, the emotions she displays in this hour monologue pull you into the story wondering what her next move is.
The next performance is the mother played by Rebecca Saire, a woman who just found out her son’s a terrorist, she asks the audience, ‘what would you do?’ You could see the pain in her eyes, the questions she was asking herself, ‘why me?’ ‘what did I do?’. Saire takes you on a journey of love, hatred, and disgust in this 40-minute monologue and I wager a bet that you don’t come out of there questioning the way you look at the terrorists, look at their family.
Saire talks us through a dream she had, being the mother of a terrorist and takes us through her experience. She’s able to add in other characters, completely different to herself and give them life.
The last performance was the Immigrant portrayed by Clare Perkins, a west indies woman whose dream was always something bigger then what her family had for her back home. She came to London, got an engineering degree, came home and got a job in UWI (University of West Indies), got married and had a kid.
The conversation was aimed towards the Imperial College London graduating class of 2018 where her daughter sat. Perkins spoke about the injustice of her going up into space, how, if she were a man, no paper would ever dare question her role as a parent, papers up and down the country were labeling her as the mother who abandoned her child. Perkins delivers an emotional speech of truth and realisation when she starts to address her daughter and it was refreshing to see that she knew she was more than just a mother … she was an astronaut.
Female Parts: Shorts is playing at Hoxton Hall until the 31st March 2018.