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4* REVIEW of 'Farmhouse'

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Paul Comrie & Nelly Morrison in 'King Arthur' 2010 by Lucy Nordberg

October 2012

Irene Brown, "" ****

The piece is like a modern day fairy tale with the old man taking the role of the rich lonely giant or the dwarf with the gift of spinning gold, using their assets to bargain for the life of an unborn child and the males in the story mapping out the life of the powerless female. But this is not an ancient tale. This is set in present day and dealing with issues of sexual scandal and its modern day consequences; the vulnerability of a woman with a condition that makes her at times disturbed and deranged; her apparent powerlessness against a pact of male control and the weird consequences of a family’s estrangement.

There was an assured and competent performance from the cast, notably Clare Ross who was both strong and convincingly pregnant in this compelling play.

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