We open with a group of young Southern belles, beautifully attired in vintage-style dresses, learning how to apply make-up to please their husbands, so setting up the conservative attitudes of the 1960s’ American south where this play takes place. One of these young women, Annie-Mae, ultimately rebels against her expected place in society by joining a Martin Luther King march in support of young black servant Necie, whose injured leg prevents her from marching herself.
Whilst the piece needs further development, it’s impressive what these A-level students have managed to create
As a student production, there are actors of differing strengths. In particular though, Lulu Ogununga is excellent in her role as Necie. Whilst the piece needs further development, it’s impressive what these A-level students have managed to create in a reasonably short period of time. The portrayals of the women, particularly their “oh-so-polite” dialect, was enjoyable and there are interesting ideas being explored in this work, which uses past events to provide commentary on the issues of racism and equality today.