By Emma Deakin
Directed by Rosella Hart and Connie Brice
Shaky Isles Theatre
at Lord Stanley Pub, 51 Camden Park Road, London
From 22 Aug 2012 to 24 Aug 2012
Reviewed by: James Hadley;
This summer Shaky Isles, as part of the Camden Fringe, present the premiere of WAITING ROOM which explores the sorrow – and the comedy – of miscarriage.
“Like scenes from Alien. Any of the four films will do. Seriously though… it's actually really hard to get born.”
Amanda and Richard desperately want a baby, Scarlett is already losing hers. A bittersweet play about the sorrows – and the comedies – of miscarriage. Physical, farcical, and honest, WAITING ROOM looks at the futures we dream and at how we summon the courage to keep going when those dreams don't turn out the way we'd imagined.
Waiting Room interweaves three people's stories', their laughter, tears, frustration, and anger. The play tells it's story physically, musically, and at times with slap-stick farce, and quiet soundscape to draw you in. Miscarriage being a very common occurrence in many women's lives', Waiting Room delves deeper to understand and accept the normality of such a loss. And what happens when the hope of having a family is gone.
Waiting Room's director, Rosella Hart, describes Deakin's new play as, “Sad. Lovely. Poignant. And surprisingly funny.”
Lord Stanley Pub
22 August at 7pm until 24 August
Theatre Collection above the Lord Stanley Pub
51 Camden Park Road, London NW1 9BH
Performed by Jonathan Bidgood, Eleanor Lawrence, and Amy Straker