Believe – Linda Marlowe
Believe it, or what?
This article is from 2007.
This series of monologues from Matthew Hurt, performed by Linda Marlowe, evokes tales from the Old Testament in order to explore the nature of faith, and how we find ways of creating it within ourselves.
Marlowe works well with variable material in exploring the characters of four women living in various states of violent conflict. The first, telling the story of a despised prostitute supporting two aged parents, while betraying the town she inhabits to an invading army, mixes humour and dread to strong effect. So too, in the story of a sexually frustrated army wife whose husband comes to a bad end as she dallies with his commanding officer, there’s a driving sense of purpose combined with some clever speculations about sexuality and its capacity to create false Gods out of fallible people. The latter two tales, of a kind of Amazonian thug and a woman who allows the grisly sacrifice of her sons for her religious convictions get a bit purple, even given their source material, and lose analytical power through violent shock tactics. All the same, Marlowe is, as ever, a very watchable commodity on stage.
Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, until 26 Aug (not 13, 20), times vary, £10 — £14 (£5)