The Carousel by Jennifer Tremblay. The Traverse Theatre. Julia Pascal.

 

 

In the many discussions I have listened to about how women write for the stage, there was a theory that they have a tendency to write in a circular style rather than a linear one and the structure of this script seems to prove this point.  The Carousel is part of a trilogy by Tremblay.  It is a one-woman theatre piece set in Canada and Paris starring Maureen Beattie.  In this highly imaginative and adventurous text, Beattie performs grandmother, mother and child in a discursive memoir that reveals the poignancy of each generation’s life.  It is a hugely poetic narrative which explores the isolation of a rotten childhood in a convent school, the small confined life of the married woman who hears the gate of life shutting behind her and the child’s wild adventures with a horse.  Beattie is a powerful actor who switches from the erotic to the heroic as easily as she morphs from child to crone.  Tremblay’s play is a beautiful work and Tepperman’s translation makes it feel as if it were originally written in English.  John Byrne’s stage design is inventively magical and Jeanine Byrne’s lighting transforms the small stage into many different spaces.

Produced by Stellar Quines.

Translated by Shelley Tepperman.

Ends 21 August. Touring afterwards.

Julia Pascal © 2014.