Maids of Suburbia

Maids of Suburbia, at the Kings Arms for Greater Manchester Fringe, reunites actor Victoria Scowcroft and writer Anita Gandolfo who worked together on Sugared Armour for JB Shorts 14.

There are two characters, Caroline and Angela, and Victoria plays them both.  Caroline has made it, with a lovely house, private school for her kids and expensive holidays.  But then she borrows too much, can’t make the repayments, and ends up in a council estate.  There she meets Angela who dreams of making it as a singer, but only ends up in debt to the local loan shark.  Two people with different life experiences, brought together by very similar problems.  In many ways, two possible versions of the same life.

There are no costume changes; Victoria creates the two women very effectively by voice and mannerism alone.  And that’s a good thing, because the way it’s written, there are many similarities between these two women that the performance style emphasises.  One of the things I really liked about this play was the way it shows how quickly we can adapt to challenging circumstances, and how important it is to find people – not necessarily the obvious ones – to support us.

At times very funny, at times poignant, it’s a well written piece that has great pace and comes together well.  The performance is impressive and the characters are interesting.  It’s just right for a Fringe show, an engaging fifty minutes with great characters.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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