W14 Productions & The Bunker present a double bill:
by Kat Woods
directed by Caitriona Shoobridge
by Monsay Whitney
directed by Stef O’Driscoll
26 March – 13 April 2019
Reviewed by Sarah Monaghan
The Bunker is putting on two one woman plays: BOX CLEVER and KILLYMUCK. Both plays are performed each night and both give voice to under privileged women from the ‘benefits class’. Both are powerfully written, sharply observed, acerbically funny, darkly tragic and extremely well performed by: Redd Lily Roche in BOX CLEVER and Aoife Lennon in KILLYMUCK.
In BOX CLEVER we follow the trials and tribulations of Marnie, a bright young working class girl who sadly is paying the price for having got involved with three loser men who habitually end up in and out of prison. One of them was violent towards her so now she is living in Merrygold House, a grim refuge, where she finds herself surrounded by violent, unhinged women and their feral children, not to mention the mice infestation in the kitchen and lurking ‘hunchback rats’. Marnie’s young daughter resides with Marnie’s disloyal mother but posh Fifi, who runs the refuge, insists that Marnie’s daughter has to come and live with her at the refuge, otherwise she’ll involve the dreaded local authority care services. Marnie’s deep instinct is to keep her daughter far away from the refuge. Sadly, her instinct turns out to be correct.
KILLYMUCK is an autobiographical play by Kat Woods which charts her childhood growing up on a sink estate in Northern Ireland. Kat (played by Aoife Lennon) is bright, spirited and feisty but her childhood is blighted by having an out of work, violent, alcoholic father. Kat describes the indignities of poverty and her wild behaviour that followed in an effort to compensate. Fortunately, one of her teachers recognises Kat’s ability and fosters her potential. Kat starts to envisage a better future for herself but continues to worry about children who don’t manage to break out of the benefits class due to poverty of opportunity and lack of affirmation.
Powerful, thought provoking, moving and very entertaining. Well worth seeing.