by Caryl Churchill
Thursday 25th November – Saturday 4th December
Performed in repertory with Port Authority by Conor McPherson
At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Directed by Amanda Waggott
“I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before.” Mrs Jarrett
Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe.
Three women are taking tea on a summer’s afternoon. Mrs Jarrett arrives. Conversation is intimate but out of these cosy cross-purpose, quick-fire chats, monologues describing global catastrophe emerge. During the current pandemic none of these extraordinary speeches seem as farfetched as they perhaps were when the play was first shown in 2016.
It is a play that celebrates the resilience of women. The play’s title refers to the Biblical Book of Job from which the play also takes an epigraph.
“Escaped Alone viciously satirizes a contemporary capitalist culture which it portrays as moribund and rapacious. At the same time, it celebrates the (often unheard) voices and feelings of aging women, merging the resilience it might take to survive an imminent apocalypse with the resilience it takes to survive 70 years as a woman in a moribund and rapacious culture.”