A one-woman show about a shy young woman facing the difficulties of adult freedom
This article is from 2016.
Delphine is a one-woman show about a 30-year-old woman who has lived most of her life sheltered from the realities of the outside world – until she meets Bill. Through recollections of their encounter and relationship, the audience witnesses Delphine discover her inner strength and independence.
Until Bill, overly shy Delphine had mostly experienced life through her imagination, limiting herself to daydreams set to an upbeat Motown soundtrack. Actor and writer Clare Rebekah Pointing skilfully brings those fantasies to life, embodying a fragile, funny and relatable character. This is emphasised by the plain set and excellent use of simple props – a wooden chair and an ominous-looking letter – which easily transform the space into a bookshop or park bench, depending on Delphine's memories.
The writing is consistent and impressively evocative, but temporarily loses its sharpness with the stereotypical description of Delphine's heartbreak. The lull doesn't last long, however, and the monologue soon recovers its strength.
As Delphine eventually steps into a new life full of promises as shimmery as her gran's beloved silk dress, her old garments are left on the floor – poignant symbols of her former self-imposed limitations. Complemented by the superb writing and acting, it makes for a powerful, emotional and uplifting ending.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug, 2.15pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).