Runtime: 1h 35m
Playwright Miriam Battye has just won the Pinter Commission which will support her to write a play for the Royal Court. Battye you may recall had a hit just before lockdown with Scenes with Girls a very funny and sharply written excavation of female friendship. Now she turns her attention to Rebecca Watson’s strange but strangely compelling novel about a woman experiencing a very ordinary day but whose thoughts are gradually intruded on by a trauma she has survived. It’s a novel that has some kinship with Virginia Woolf’s the Waves so perhaps its no surprise to find it is being staged by none other than Katie Mitchell. Another bonus is that it features a soundscape by Melanie Wilson. The omens are very good.
Directed by Katie Mitchell, this breath-taking ensemble performance follows the life of a woman across a single day. The show is adapted from Rebecca Watson’s astounding debut novel, written by Miriam Battye with a mesmerising sound score by Melanie Wilson. Nominated for Best Director (Katie Mitchell), Evening Standard Awards 2022. A Hampstead Theatre production, presented by New Diorama.