They say a mother’s love is unconditional, but can you truly still love your child after they commit the most heinous of crimes? Put The Book Down’s
A spectacular performance for Maisie Barlow, giving a voice to people who are so often neglected in these cases.
One chair is positioned on the stage, with simple lighting and the power of the text we are guided through agonising events and transported to multiple locations. Maisie Barlow multi-roles as the mother, the police officers, press, a protester hurling abuse, and at one of the most tense moments of the production;the son. Though it is never specified what the crime this son committed is, the delivery of this story is so powerful, so frank and told with complete vulnerability that it is difficult to take your eyes off the performer. Home alone sat anxiously waiting for her teenage son to return from a night out with friends, greeting the sober-faced police at the door, playing both the mother and the police officer through the questioning and interviews at the Police Station. Barlow conjures a genuine emotional response from the audience in her honest portrayal of the harsh and invisible realities of what parents face in these horrific circumstances.
The sharpness and pace at which the narrative moves builds the tension throughout the show, but core plot points are so elusive that it fails to create a lasting impact on an audience. It hits hard, but doesn’t leave a bruise. Even so, this is a spectacular performance for Maisie Barlow, giving a voice to people who are so often neglected in these cases.