by Laura Stevens
Art, anorexia and exhibitionism collide.
Three women attempt to make sense of a world where you can create an amazing piece of art but you cannot tell someone how you feel.
Elizabeth Bichard | Helen Millar | Camilla Simson.
Director: Julia Stubbs | Designer: Georgia Lowe | Lighting: Richard Williamson | Sound/Music: Dominic Thurgood | Photographer: Gabriela Restelli.
Produced by Weaver Hughes Ensemble
20 February-16 March 2008 at Stagespace, Pleasance London *WORLD PREMIERE
“The performances were breathtaking… Elizabeth Bichard plays Lucy beautifully as a classic English rose… Helen Millar draws out all of the dark power of Andrea… Camilla Simson (Meg) performs with confidence and accomplishment… Laura Stevens’ writing is very tight, with no superfluous dialogue or over-familiar scenes, and director Julia Stubbs’ influence keeps the production pacy… I would absolutely recommend this production to others, and anticipate a revival in a larger theatre soon.” Extra! Extra!
“Julia Stubbs’ intelligent production… Stevens has set herself up as a writer worth watching… The performances by the trio of actresses are all equally well rounded… Stevens takes care to make each of the women feel like whole, flawed human beings.” musicOMH.com
“the relationship between a narcissistic artist, her prodigious daughter, and her best friend provides the canvas for a delicate portrait of three damaged women… Helen Millar is captivating as a girl who uses anorexia to exact control over her otherwise chaotic life.” Time Out
“Laura Stevens’ thought-provoking debut… The acting is excellent: Helen Millar’s stroppy Andrea contrasts perfectly with Elizabeth Bichard’s naive and needy Lucy, while Camilla Simson’s Meg is a convincing mix of aggression and failure… Stevens’ well-observed play… is both familiar and undeniably moving… director Julia Stubbs has imaginatively staged the play in a specially adapted space, which has been decorated by designer Georgia Lowe to look like an art gallery. This effectively draws in the audience and also provides a suitably intimate playing space.” The Stage
“I say keep your eye out for more from this talented playwright and from Helen Millar, the lead in the cast of three women… In Thin Toes, she plays Andrea, a talented acerbic young woman hell-bent on destroying herself through anorexia. Her performance was engaging, moving, riveting and nuanced… The script is artful, with realistic and complete dialogue, an unromantic treatment of the disease and the damage it does to friends and family — in this case, the caring, almost clingy friend Lucy, deftly played by Elizabeth Bichard and Andrea’s mother Meg, a self-centred artist well played by Camilla Simson.” Fortune’s Pawn