Review: Revolting Women
Venue: Scarcroft Allotments, York
It was like having old friends back again, as Mikron Theatre Company made a welcome return to Scarcroft Allotments, York, to perform their latest production Revolting Women, commemorating the suffragette movement in zany Mikron style.
The sun shone brightly, and a packed audience, prepared with picnics and chairs, settled down to bask in the warmth of the evening sunlight, enjoying the unique storytelling, featuring four charismatic actors, the ever versatile James McLean, in his fourth year running performing with Mikron, and debut Mikron actors, Daisy Ann Fletcher, Christopher Arkeston and Rosamund Hine.
As always with a Mikron cast, they proved to be talented musicians as well as actors, mixing serious messages and comedy, changing characters as well as instruments at the drop of a hat.
Once again, Rebekah Hughes’s songs really made you think; Tell me a tale Miss Wardress was particularly harrowing as it reflected on the brutal treatment meted out to suffragettes.
Written by Vashi Maclachlan, who has also worked as an actor and director for Mikron over the years, and directed by Jonny Kelly, the story concentrates on the time Sylvia Pankhurst (brilliantly portrayed by Daisy Ann Fletcher) spent in the East End, organising working women to agitate for the vote.
This was a different approach to Mikron’s usual style of mixing in snippets of history with a fictional story, but it worked equally well.
You felt really moved by the unlikely friendship that grew between Sylvia, and East End widow Lottie Turner (played with great conviction by Rosamund Hine), gaining insight as to what life was like then if you were poor.
Christopher Arkeston was excellent in his role of Lottie’s son Jimmy; making him a very real and believable character.
He was a delight too, in his various caricature roles; there were some laugh out loud moments in his scenes playing Lob with the indifferent Prime Minister (portrayed as always with zeal and conviction by the wonderful James Mclean ).
Hats off to the cast and crew for yet another Mikron triumph.
They are all returning to York for one performance only of Get Well Soon, written by York writer Ged Cooper, on Friday 28 Septmber at Clementhorpe Hall, York.
It’s sure to be a tonic!