Five Women, five histories, one goal
A guest blog by Sarah Tulloch
Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness.
Directed by Stephen Brackett.
Performed by members of the Atlantic Acting School’s Conservatory 3rd Year Class.
Atlantic Theatre New York
November 17th-20th 2010.
Factory Girls is the story of five women working in a shirt factory, endlessly checking seams, button holes, cuffs, collars and threads.
These women can be picky, pokey, nosey and silly. In any workplace people are thrown together with one similarity, the desire, or need to work. It’s with this need and the looming pressures of a factory on the brink of closure, that the women gain one more piece of common ground. In a fit of defiance, they set up camp in the office of their boss and manager of the factory, Rohan, played by Alex Mills. Their action, led by the feisty Ellen (Camille Dubose Lowman), effectively closes the factory down.
A character driven, rather than plot driven play, the securities and insecurities of Vera (Vanina Kondova), Rebecca (Emily Davison), Una (Nila Sawyer) and Rosemary (Alex Vincent) reveal themselves as the walls each woman builds for their life tumbles away. The audience is left with clear insights into the real motives for each characters actions and reactions. This is a touching and humorous play, wonderfully acted and simply staged. Within each character we recognise something of ourselves and the people around us.
The play ends on a positive note, with the youngest character Rosemary toying with the idea of running free. It’s a fitting finale to a great night in the theatre.
Curtain Call. Left to right- Camille Dubose Lowman, Nila Sawyer, Vanina Kondova, Emily Davison Alex Vincent.
Some photos of the cast, friends and family after the show.