Life Is It Anyway? (Comedy Theatre)
may not be surprised to hear that Kim Cattrall who played
the sexually voracious Samantha Jones in the long-running TV series
Sex and the City spends her West End debut lying flat
on her back, flirting outrageously with any passing man and inviting
opinions on the attractiveness of her breasts.
Actually, its anything but.
once, it's no insult to accuse an actor of acting from the neck
up: that's literally all the movement that Cattrall's character
has at her disposal..."
this revival of Brian Clark's 1978 play, she plays a sculptor who
has suffered a severed spinal cord in a catastrophic car accident
and is now quadriplegic.
up in a hospital bed in a unit for critical patients, she's been
there for five months already when the play begins.
For once, it's no insult to accuse an actor of acting from the neck
up: that's literally all the movement that her character Claire
Harrison has at her disposal.
now that her condition is stable but not likely to improve
the hospital is looking to move her on somewhere quieter
Except that Claire doesn't want to go anywhere she wants
to die. And now.
as well as the physical injuries she sustained, the hospital cite
her mental trauma as causing a clinical depression, which leads
them to section her under the Mental Health Act.
So begins the fight - not for her life but for her right to die.
commitment: Kim Cattrall as quadriplegic Claire Harrison
Clark's play continues to have a blazing topical relevance and resonance,
as battles like this continue to be fought in the courts on a regular
the playwright arms Claire with a mordant wit and keen intelligence
that makes the play as gripping as it is sometimes grim.
brings a heartfelt commitment and piercing vulnerability to the
role of a woman wrestling with a life and death decision: to be
or not to be, that is her question.
though the show revolves around her, it's no one-woman play, but
a keenly observed drama in which the life of the hospital also comes
into perspective in performances like those of the doctors (Alexander
Sidding, William Chubb), nurses (Ann Mitchell, Emma Lowndes) and
orderly (Jotham Annan), as well as the lawyer (Amita Dhiri) whom
she engages to get her out of there.
your thoughts about this show:
Dosent she have a scene where her diaper is changed?
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