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  • Amy Toledano

Lover, Whore or Handmaiden? by Georgina Armfield


Georgina Armfield Writer and Performer

What is it?

An inventive two-hander exploring some of the most famous female characters from modern and classical theatre and turning the patriarchal values of these shows on their heads.


What's it all about?

Ophelia, Nina and Blanche are all women from famous theatrical literature that have one common denominator - a man. Armfield takes some of the most well known scenes from these women's plays and reimagines them with different energies, needs, ideals and desires and illustrates the power of these characters that is so often left offstage.


How did it make me feel?

Although the opening of this show feels slightly stilted, it does not take long for it to find it's groove and Armfield, using fun visuals unpacks what seems to be one of the most misunderstood roles in history - Ophelia. I found myself being completely surprised by the difference a few small choices could make to these scenes and found myself becoming frustrated by this common portrayal that seems to be the reoccurring portrayal throughout most productions of Hamlet.

I was spellbound during Armfield's haunting monologue embodying Ophelia describing her own death. She opens up about the fear, the loneliness and horror of her final moments with a gruesomely beautiful soliloquy and could have listened to it for much longer.

I also loved the chemistry between Armfield and Marcus McManus who played the male characters opposite her, and found that they especially shone during their interpretation of A Streetcar Named Desire.


Anything Else?

This show does a brilliant job of delving into these female characters and presenting the audience with the idea that women are not just 2D creatures, there to serve a single purpose, more often than not a man. Armfield asks the question what would happen if these women were presented as vulnerable, but also as strong, intelligent and free?


Amy x