Burton Taylor Theatre Company
Playing until Saturday May 31
the production, Splendour:
regime is falling and the violent sound of the revolutionaries taking
over the city is coming closer and closer.
the palace, the dictator's wife, Micheleine is waiting for him to
come home. With her is her friend of 25 years, Genevieve, photo-journalist
Kathryn who has come from a country far away to shoot the dictator's
portrait on the eve of his fall, and the young interpreter Gilma.
they wait, it becomes clear what is happening outside and that the
dictator will not be coming home.
refuses to take it all in and keeps up the charade for as long as
she can by rambling on frantically about her collection of purses,
the weather and the virtues of the army.
on the production:
by Abi Morgan is played out in an intimate setting where the audience
sits right next to the actors.
the characters are constantly on stage and speaking. The story unfolds
through repetitive loops of the same dialogue.
time we hear it, more information is added and slowly we begin to
understand more about the four women in the room.
discover that Micheleine and Genevieve's friendship is fraught with
betrayal. And that Gilma, the 'wheeler and dealer' interpreter who
stuffs her pockets with the belongings of the other three, hides
a sad story.
Bowman conveys perfectly the sadness behind Genevieve's smile and
Cici Miskin as Gilma adds more and more layers to her character
all the time.
it turns out, it is not only the dictator's wife who is living a