Character-driven exploration of family, greed and colonialism
This article is from 2007.
Four sisters have just buried their father in a banana box and are facing life together on an island, which is deserted save for its angry natives. Dealing with sisterly love and hate, greed and colonialism, the play explores the devastating effect the Great British Empire had on communities across the globe as colonies were created in the name of civilisation.
It focuses on the sisters’ grief and fear as they attempt to cope on their own, amidst strange noises in the night, as bit by bit they learn the true bloody history of their island. Billed as a comic horror, it’s not particularly funny and some of the sound effects are laughable rather than scary, but this character driven piece survives due to the touching relationships between the sisters as performed by a very able cast. The scariest thing about this play is the sisters’ dead father, stuffed in a banana box sitting in the corner of their living room which is enough to make anyone shiver. (Greer Ogston)
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