Friday, 20 April 2012

Blonde Poison (drama)

Blonde Poison is a powerful and intriguing creation by Brighton playwright Gail Louw telling the true story of a Jewish woman, Stella Goldschlag, who betrayed hundreds of her fellow Jews to the Gestapo during the Second World War. Years after the war, Stella is preparing to be interviewed about her past and the play joins her as she nervously awaits the arrival of a journalist.

When I saw Blonde Poison in 2011, accompanied by my boyfriend, Elizabeth Counsell's one-woman performance was totally riveting and we both came away feeling absolutely steamrollered. Having by turns despised, hated and pitied Stella, we spent several hours over the next few days discussing the play, whether we could understand Stella's behaviour, and what we might have done in her circumstances. We still haven't quite managed to agree.

I love theatre that keeps me thinking after the show has ended and writing this review now has reminded me of just how good the play is. Highly recommended!

Devonshire Park Theatre, Wed 17th April, 14:30, 19:45.
Tickets £13.50 (£7 students & children), available online, by calling 01323 412000, or on person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.