Gryfhead by Lucy Gough

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 9 Mar 8pm – IN THE THEATRE – £4 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 10 Mar 7.30pm – £3

The Riverfront, Newport Thurs 11 Mar 7.45pm – £4

Park and Dare, Treorchy Fri 12 Mar 7.30pm – £3

Cast

Ella – Katy Owen

Poet – Alastair Sill

Wolfskin – Robert Harper

Enzo/The Head – James Ashton

Director

Sita Calvert-Ennals

Review

Gryfhead

I attended the Chapter performance of the latest in the On The Edge“Deadlier Than The Male” season of work by female playwrights :- “Gryfhead” by Lucy Gough, an everyday story of boy meets girl, girl’s brother kills boy, girl digs up boy’s body and keeps his head in the fridge. Based on a story from Boccaccio, via Keats, it starred Katy Owen as the feisty heroine, James Ashton as the unfortunate lover, Robert Harper as the unhinged, thuggish brother, and Alastair Sill as the Poet who alternates between observing, devising and participating in events, ultimately losing control of his creations, as Ella inconveniently refuses to fade prettily away. Less densely poetic than previous Lucy Gough plays that I’ve seen, “Gryfhead” is a grippingly gruesome tale of female empowerment set in a sink-estate/Grimm fairytale landscape (although it could probably have worked without the lupine trimmings). Despite the inevitable, distracting moments of awkwardness involving the juggling of scripts and props, this being a semi-staged reading, director Sita Calvert-Ennals kept things moving, striking a good balance between tragedy and absurdism. I went expecting edification, and ended up being thoroughly entertained.
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