Yellow

Yellow, written by Conky Campfner, is a modern adaptation of a Victorian short story The Yellow Newspaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Charlotte (Grainne Dromgoole) is suffering from post-natal depression, trapped and unable to express her feelings. Her only outlets of writing and reading are stunted by her husband and put to a stop by unempathetic and unhelpful doctor’s orders (both roles played by Christopher Page). It is potent and sophisticated in its depiction of post-natal depression.

Potent and sophisticated.

Dromgoole’s portrayal of Charlotte was exceptional, as her generous and authentic relationship turned bleak and oppressive. Her husband seemed both well-intentioned and tolerant yet failed to help the trapped woman, instead building her prison walls even higher. The company utilised their minimalistic set creatively, transposing the audience into the desperate mind of Charlotte as she gazed endlessly at the all-surrounding 'headache in two dimensions' wallpaper.

Yet shouldn’t we listen to a doctor over a vague and undefined online community? This assumption would be right, although the play innovatively exposes the shortcomings of the medical community in relation to women’s mental health. Post-natal depression is significantly underdiagnosed and many women suffer in silence.

Without demonising a largely loving and kind husband, a significant comment was made through the male multi-rolling: two men decided how Charlotte should feel and how she could get better without ever listening to her actual experience. From her harrowing dream to his dismissal of her self-expression, she was isolated and condemned.

By the second voiceover, I began to ask if these were really necessary. Wouldn’t it be preferable to hear a monologue or see Charlotte become more reactive during these scenes? In hindsight, however, these scenes were instrumental in conveying the weight of her depression. This was particularly effective when Charlotte’s husband was drowned out, conveying her inability to communicate.

If this show re-emerges in Edinburgh or anywhere beyond, grab your chance to see Squid Ink Theatre’s innovative piece.

Reviews by William Leckie

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

A Partnership

★★★★
Greenside @ Royal Terrace

The Heresy Machine

★★
ZOO Playground

Yellow

★★★★
theSpace on North Bridge

Mojo

★★★★
PQA Venues @Riddle's Court

Hitman and Her

★★★★
theSpace on the Mile

The 27 Club

★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Yellow is 'a stunning modern adaptation' (OxfordOpeningNight.com) of the Victorian short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Charlotte is suffering from post-partum depression. She finds an outlet when she starts writing her blog and connecting with others who have had similar experiences. But her husband seems more and more uncomfortable with Charlotte's new project. When the wi-fi cuts out, Charlotte knows something isn't right. And then the walls start to close in. Yellow is a darkly humoured and immersive piece about women's illness today, which asks whether our attitudes have really changed at all.

Most Popular See More

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Come From Away

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £13.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Hairspray

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets