Review: The Wasp

4 star rating
The themes in this play are quite heavy - class, sexual abuse, revenge, bullying - and the actors should be applauded for tackling it with as much guts as they have.
The Wasp at Etcetera Theatre

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Closes here: Sunday 27 May 2018

Author:
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm


Synopsis


Heather and Carla haven't seen each other since school.


Their lives have taken very different paths - Carla lives a hand- to- mouth existence while Heather has a high- flying career, husband and a beautiful home.


And yet, here they are in a cafe having tea and making awkward conversation.


That is until Heather presents Carla with a bag containing a significant amount of cash and an unexpected proposition ...


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Sebastian Wilson

Performance date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Review star rating image for 3 stars

Being an avid theatre-goer, I thought I was pretty good at predicting where things are heading on stage.


Shame on me.


'The Wasp' starts innocently enough - two women who haven't seen each other since school are meeting up for coffee.


Soon we begin to realise that the play is not as lighthearted as the opening few minutes suggest.


Anna Zanders brilliantly shines as Heather, a well-to-do woman who seems to have it all.


Right from the get go, Zanders skilfully has the audience in the palm of her hand and her performance in the final act was a masterful work of art.


Emma B George was great as Carla, who is pregnant with her fifth child to a man double her age.


Carla has not had an easy life, and as the play goes on the audience will be divided over who (if anyone) is more deserving of sympathy.


Director David Scott has found the moments where the play needs room to breathe, before catapulting the two women on a dark trip down memory lane - taking the audience with them on the edge of our seats.


The themes in this play are quite heavy - class, sexual abuse, revenge, bullying - and the actors should be applauded for tackling it with as much guts as they have.



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