Paul T Davies reviews Charley Miles’s new play Daughterhood being presented by Paines Plough and Theatre Clwyd at the Roundabout at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.
Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
9 August 2019
Presented by Paines Plough and Theatre Clwyd at the Roundabout at Summerhall, Charley Miles’s new play has, at it’s heart, sisterhood. Reunited under their childhood roof as their father faces the end of his life, the ten year gap between them has defined their lives, experiences and perceptions of each other. Pauline has been her father’s carer, and Rachel has been working to “make a difference”.
Arguments between sisters are nothing new in drama, Top Girls being a classic example, and here the scripts feels fresh , as if it is uncovering a new topic. Each character is beautifully drawn and the cast excel in the witty, realistic script. Charlotte Bate is powerfully restrained as Pauline, part martyr, but conveying clearly the sacrifices she has made. Charlotte O’Leary is tremendous as Rachel, and, as the play shifts through time, she is convincing at any age she is required to present. In a range of characters, Toyin Omari-Kinch is outstanding, from authority figures to horny drunk teenager, and even their Dad!
The play reveals its secrets and revelations beautifully and Stef O’Driscoll’s pacey direction makes this a hugely enjoyable play. Highly recommended!