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portray one character. At first, I was not sure how I felt about it, was this woman easily replaceable by any other woman? However, as the show progressed, I realized that by utilizing different voices, Richardson was highlighting the complexity, the contradictions, and the chaos of female desire. This desire helps her overcome her fears and insecurity, but it also binds her and makes her, in her own words, “addicted” in her quest to conceive a baby. If desire is a flame, it can also burn.
In addition, while the show was originally conceived for stage, I actually think it works far better as an audio poem. The words which express and conceal are given center stage, the audience allowed to sit back and soak in the dialogue, picking up on the clever rhymes and hidden heartbreak. Through the lack of visual stimulation we are better able to see Lucy, through the silences we can hear the pounding of desire.
GirlPlay will stream online at the Galway Theatre Festival on May 3rd at 6:00 PM. You can purchase tickets here: https://tht.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173610217.
GirlPlay was written by Sarah Richardson (The Rampant Collective) and performed by Martha Dunlea, Rachel O’Connell, and Sarah Richardson. The audio production was directed by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth, with sound design and engineering by Sam Hardiman, produced by Marisa Conroy. Visual design by Áine O'Hara.
Blog post written by Laura Brincat, May 2nd, 2021.