Age of Arousal

Five women and one man debate the need for women to be self-sufficient. A former suffragette ahs opened a typing school to teach women the skills they need to get a job that pays a reasonable wage so they do not have to depend on men, who are in short supply.
The play was first produced in 2007 and I saw it as a fundraiser for YWCA Elm Centre.
Playwright Linda Griffiths is flexible with time and place (I think the big imbalance between he sexes, demographically speaking, occurred after the first world war, while the play is set in 1885.) But no matter whether a woman can’t have or doesn’t want a husband, many of the issues are still current and relevant today. Women and men need to be able to look after themselves; soemtimes there is a price to pay, but usually, the benefit is greater.
Strong cast – Kelly Fox, Donna Belleville, Jenny Young, Sherry Flett, Zarrin Darnell-Martin and Gray Powell. Kelly drinks, Sherry swoons and flutters and Zarrin gets pregnant and dies. Gray does not get the girl.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Age of Arousal

  1. Keith says:

    Despite Cathy's efforts to mess with my mind, by telling me I had seen this play before, this was my first time.So, of course, it was special.Linda Griffiths is of the fish & bicycle school of thought but, despite that she is fair to Everard, the lone male in the play.However, the best parts are the female roles and Shaw has the people to take advantage of this.It was very well done, including "thoughtspeak" technique which Griffiths uses a lot, and must be quite difficult for an actor to handle.Overall, a very satisfying show (even if the lady behind me was disappointed that Everard didn't get the girl).

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