Locked in a flat, a solitary woman makes her confession. Amid domestic chores, dodgy phone calls, a sex-mad brother-in-law and a forever screaming baby she tells us the story of how her love for a young student led to her imprisonment at the hands of her jealous husband. Through farce to tragedy, her story propels the audience to its shocking climax.
A maid, a nurse, a babysitter, a charlady. Do all, wash all, f*cked up and f*cked over
DogOrange’s inventive new adaptation features a cast of five talented women portraying the many facets of Franca Rame and Dario Fo’s Woman Alone. With a mixture of slapstick, fast-paced physical comedy, movement and raw emotion, they explore the heights and depths of this 20th Century classic to the full.
A kaleidoscope of character and physical comedy… A Woman Alone is the most impressive piece of its scale I’ve seen in a long while.
The device is highly effective, allowing for physical and vocal exploration of the conflicts within this tortured woman… constant energy and creative versatility on display… terrifically fun moments.
Striking performances leave a lasting impact
Blending strong elements of comedy and tragedy in such a lively and engaging production… DogOrange, in a stroke of inspiration, has vibrantly refreshed the performance… the production is without a dull moment
- Cristiana Dell’Anna
- Laura Harling
- Alison Shaw
- Fleur Shepherd
- Joanna Waters
Producer Saba Burali
Director Matthew Parker
Designer Suneeda Maruthiyil
Lighting Designer Allan Ramsay
Stage Manager Tim Berryman
Assistant Director Catherine Gerrard
Production Assistant Luke Holbrook
This production was devised in association with First Draft at The Horse and follows DogOrange’s successful adaptation of Chekhov’s Ward No.6, which was nominated for the Best Ensemble Stage Acting Excellence Award 2009.
Imaginative retellings of classic stories and flights of fancy
Production photos: James Oaten
Flyer/poster Design: Laura Harling
Read the review of the First Draft performance here