This taut family drama weaves a number of strong
storylines around the tensions of first and second generation immigrants to
The script moves swiftly between intense, punchy scenes that deftly establish the landscape of the action, and delivers some neat twists with real emotional weight. It took a little while to draw me in - there was a certain tepidity early on that felt like an English company dipping their toes into the mood of the piece rather than jumping in at the emotional deep end, but that was short-lived.
There’s a delightful portrait of a teenage relationship, drenched in wide-eyed hope and ambition, filled with a confidence that they can find solutions to the problems the world confronts them with. This is contrasted with a highly dysfunctional marriage that is maintained by a damaging acceptance, and a violence that has already broken the family unit. The performances throughout are strong, and each character engages in turn, as the spotlight falls on their woes and aspirations. Hannah Bristow is superb as the rebellious daughter that confronts what she can’t accept, as is Mona Goodwin as her stoical older sister, who feels compelled to provide for the family.
The set is versatile and
bold, but clearly designed for its ultimate destination in
There are some gloriously moving moments in the second act, as well as an overarching theme of hope in the face of despair. It’s a hymn to sisterhood, both in a literal and wider sense; of women supporting women and a strength in unity. It’s a tale based on real family history and events, which explores a pivotal time in the story of a nation built by those who left their homes to start a new life.