Last night Warren and I went to The Other Room at Porter’s to review Death And The Maiden. Porter’s is one of the coolest places to go in Cardiff, and the fact that the there’s a theatre attached makes this the perfect place for someone like me; beer and theatre? Yes please.
Death And The Maiden is an Olivier award-winning play following the story of Paulina as she battles with her past and tries to confront the man who tortured her fifteen years ago. The Other Room was set up completely differently for this performance, with pink draped material and dinner party style chairs, with a table and chairs as the focal point of the performance.
With three actors and a simple set, you end up focusing on their every mood and every word, and that’s what I found myself doing as the play unfolded. I thought Lisa Zahra who played Pauline was very strong, flitting from a scared and nervous wife to an angry, dangerous woman on the edge of taking her torturers life. She performed with a lot of passion and her relationship with Vinta Morgan, who player her husband Gerardo, was very realistic, with both of them torn by the unpredictable situation.
Morgan stood out for me the most, his acting was superb and I loved his caring and nurturing manner. There were times when the character was a little harsh towards his wife, but realistically so in the intensity of their dilemma.
Pradeep Jey performed as Roberto Miranda and I thought he portrayed the character well, even at the end of the performance I thought he acted perfectly as an innocent, yet all the evidence pointed towards his guilt.
I did think there were times when the performance felt a little stiff, and I didn’t particularly think the off-stage conversations worked. This is a taste preference I suppose, I prefer to visualise the performers as they interact. I also would have preferred the performance to have been a bit grittier, a bit darker; there was a lot of dialogue and less action, but again this is personal taste.
What I did love was the concept of justice and revenge, as well as the idea that the violence must stop somewhere. If we attack the attackers we continue the cycle, but if we do nothing they carry on free and without regret or remorse. It’s a tricky subject and I really liked that! It was definitely food for thought, especially when Gerardo is torn between the right thing to do with regards to the law and the right thing to do with regards to his wife.
Death And The Maiden certainly gave us a l sewot to talk about on the way home, and I think if you’re theatre interests lie in the areas of serious drama, justice and revenge, then this is a play for you.
Death And The Maiden is running at The Other Room until 11th November 2017 and tickets cost £10/£12.
Disclosure:I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.