Theatre Review//A Thousand Murdered Girls

On a rainy evening this show directed by Darren Guy was not one to warm the cockles of your heart but one to warn of the dangers of the world and lessons to be learnt from the past. Despite the directors admission that the play was "harrowing" we opened our minds and made our way down to the Unity Theatre...

Theatre Review//A Thousand Murdered Girls
War is a topic often considered moot for conversation but when it is discussed it brings out the essence of humanity in the people broaching it's subject. 

The full house at the Unity Theatre was in a palpable silence during the often shocking and occasionally visceral performance that dramatized the true story of the Greek women Freedom Fighters who were placed in secluded concentration camps and brutally tortured often to the point of death until signed their allegiance to the Pagan state. 

If it doesn't sound cheerful thus far that's because it wasn't and even the use of the adjective 'enjoy' seems to be one ill fitting for the occasion. Certainly, no punches were pulled as the actors did an admirable job of describing incidents of violence and torture that would bring most to tears. Certainly, it was difficult to be without an opinion after watching A Thousand Murdered Girls and it's events cast a shadow on the often golden halo that surrounds Winston Churchill by mere association. 

The interval of fifteen minutes between the two Acts was much needed as even the most open minded and unshakable of persons could not have endured the full eighty-five minutes at once. Despite the harrowing content though it was a performance of true merit, with the directors obvious passion for the play's subject immediately evident. The soundtrack from Martin Snape was a sensitive and affecting one that complemented the often shocking projected images of the camps and women who suffered at the hands of the murderous counterinsurgency campaign.  

If you missed this show then you missed a truly moving and educational performance the images from which will stay with you for a long time indeed. 

Words by Sebastian Gahan. 

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