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Festival of One Act Plays by Emma Tinniswood Step on Stage at The Exchange, Twickenham

Step on Stage Academy

The Exchange - 14 December 2018

Festival of One Act Plays by Emma Tinniswood Step on Stage at The Exchange, Twickenham

Flights of Fancy: Real and Imagined

Festival of One Act Plays

by Emma Tinniswood

Step on Stage at The Exchange, Twickenham until 9th December

A Review by Celia Bard

The three plays in The Festival of One Act Plays reflect the playwright, Step on Stage’s founder Emma Tinniswood’s passion for historical events and shifting time periods.  Hope and Millie’s Dream contain strong psychological undertones whilst the third, Sing Little Cuckoo explores the mental states of women locked away in an institution.  However, Millie’s Dream ends on a note of hope, contrasting sharply with the other two plays.  The themes in all the plays are hard hitting and starkly reflect some of life’s cruelties.  

Sing Little Cuckoo is the first of the plays and is based on the life of Nelly Bly, the pen name for the American journalist Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, who was famously known for her exposé of the horrific experiences of the women asylum patients in New York in 1887.  Choral speaking moves the drama into the sphere of Greek tragedy.

The setting for the play Hope is World War Two.  Caught up a bomb blast, Poppy escapes to the country where she meets a group of children.  This is an unsettling play and works on suggestion.  The character, Hope, is enigmatic.  We are never entirely sure who she is and what she represents, but she is always present.

Millie’s Dream tells the story of an eight-year-old girl whose life is changed for ever, the result of a car accident involving her parents and younger brother.  Her mother is killed, and Millie is so badly injured and she loses the use of her legs, but Millie’s love of storytelling helps her cope with the awfulness of her sad situation.

Read Celia Bard’s full review at www.markaspen.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/fest-one

 

Photography by Louise Hill

 


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