How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin
Aug 1-10, 12-18, 20-24,
Susanna Hilslop is a rather talented lady – with acting, writing & directing all feathers in her belt. Combining all these skilss she has brought a show to Edfinburgh in which she channels the spirits of Margaret Thatcher, Virginia Woolf and Marilyn Monroe onto the stage. This, incidentally, is found in the Red Lecture Theater of the majestic Summerhall. The dialogue itself is carved from the diaries & letters of those three women of status, & gave us tantalising insights into their ‘real’ lives.
Unfortunately, sleep deprivation was taking its toll on Divine and I was struggling to keep my eyes open, before finally succumbing to the sleep that was taking over me. In a moment I was abruptly awakened by a screaming Margaret Thatcher demanding that I wake up and pay attention. Of course I paid attention. Dennis her husband was scowling at me in the corner.
So… Susanna Hilslop is a very fine talent who eloquently summons this certain set of personalities back to life. Interesting, but not astounding, Divine gives this show three stars.
Reviewer : Mark ‘Divine’ Calvert