Rude Gyal Stories – review

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 10:38 AM | Review by: Lloyd Lewis-Hayter |
Ariyon Bakare and Janet Suzman in Dream of The Dog Rude Gyal Stories

Brixton East, a converted warehouse complete with shabby chic furniture is the setting for this performance of Strong Back Productions’ first set of monologues. Welcomed with tea and cake into the relaxed atmosphere, the impressive cast of established actress's then join us - Martina Laird, Jo Melville, Dona Croll and Sapphire Joy.

The first half of monologues are true stories from real women's childhoods portrayed by the actress'. Covering issues of abuse, death and puberty and leaving no audience members isolated by the broad range of subject matters.

After an intense first half of emotional pieces, a well-needed short break re balanced our emotions ready for the second half of monologues, which greeted us with a more adult tone.

Infidelity and relationships were the key themes now, and with it the acting became faster paced. Assuming Rude Gyals was going to be about women's experiences of being stereotyped as just that, the linking theme of the monologues instead seemed to be experiences that have made them the strong women they are today.

The rest of the audience also seemed to share my confusion of the relevance of the title as we were asked to write down our own rude gyal moments. When the stories were read out there was again a lack of a clear theme.

Compared to The Vagina Monologues by the host, the collection is set to be expanded for future performances, and while a more fitting title may be necessary, the idea of a growing group of women expressing the most challenging moments in their lives sounds too good to pass on.

Info: Rude Gyals was at Brixton East on Saturday, April 19th 2014.

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