Monday, February 20, 2012

Theatre: Virgie

Written and performed by Renee Newman-Storen
Directed by Mark Storen and Emily Mclean
Blue Room Theatre
Until February 10

Renee Newman-Storen had little to go on when she brought Virgie Vivienne to the stage; an uncertain birth date sometime in the 1870’s, scraps of reviews and stories (including one in this newspaper’s edition of 24 September, 1898), an interview, decades later, with an old lady who remembers, when she was a girl, being taught drama by her in Adelaide. Virgie dies, destitute, in that city in 1940.
From these bits and pieces Newman-Storen imagines a courageous, resilient and ingenious woman and the tough lives she and those she came across lived. 

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian.

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