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30 May 2013

Generation Game keeping audiences enthralled at The Yard

I AM usually not a fan of one-person plays, simply because they often lack the tension of two or more characters clashing. Susanna Hislop at The Yard theatre, in Hackney Wick, has just proved me very wrong.

In ‘How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin’, she not only manages to play Marilyn Monroe, Virginia Woolf and Margaret Thatcher, seamlessly transitioning between roles, but also portraying a complex relationship between the characters.

In fact, Susanna is not three but five characters; in addition to this ‘glorious ménage a trois’ she is also herself as a geeky teenager and, brilliantly, Nicole Kidman waxing lyrical on her role in Woolf biopic 'The Hours'.

This is physical theatre at its best. Susanna’s chameleonic facial expressions allow her to be wide-eyed Marilyn, stern Margaret and a woeful Virginia – all in a matter of seconds.

“This is actually quite difficult” she says blithely to her audience. Although she makes it look easy.

The performance is brilliantly funny and incredibly energetic – the work of one talented young writer and performer. I wait expectantly for the next instalment of The Generation Game.

‘How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin’ is part of The Yard’s 10 week programme of shows, The Generation Game. See two plays in an evening for £10, until 6 July. For more info click here.

By Victoria Walvis

How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin at The Yard, Hackney Wick

How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin at The Yard, Hackney Wick

How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin at The Yard, Hackney Wick

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