Don’t Breathe A Word By Susan Richardson

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 27 April 8pm – chapters – £4 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 28 Apr 7.30pm

The Riverfront, Newport Thurs 29 Apr 7.45pm – £4

Cast

Journal Writer – Polly Kilpatrick

The Other – Rebecca Knowles

Director

Bethan Morgan

Review

“Don’t Breathe A Word”

The latest “On The Edge” production at Chapter was a semi-staged reading of “Don’t Breathe A Word” by Cardiff-based poet Susan Richardson. It traces a writer’s relationship with her journal, from childhood to old age and beyond; the main protagonist played by Polly Kilpatrick, and the voice in her head (variously encouraging, undermining, censorious and ignored) by Rebecca Knowles – both excellent. While the life itself seemed somewhat idealised (numerous uncomplicated love affairs, a comfortable lifestyle despite only modest literary success), the story (played out on a set comprising only an armchair and several small piles of books) was told with great charm and fluency, Bethan Morgan’s direction foregrounding the humour, and her scoring subtle and sensitive. I guess the author’s aim is to highlight the general invisibility of women’s stories; I found it somewhat more inspiring than I had expected to.
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