Theatre review: Skeleton Wumman, Glasgow
Skeleton Wumman - Oran Mor, Glasgow
* * *
It’s a strange, visionary story of a young woman whose life on earth was darkened by her own severe disability and by the death in a drowning accident of her perfect twin sister, but who, in this new world beyond death and global flood, gradually rediscovers herself, and eventually – miraculously – experiences a kind of rebirth.
In this new and longer version of the play, the story is told by the fine young actress Amy Conachan, whose own disability gives her a profound insight into that aspect of the story, notably in the pre-flood scenes on the sofa with her father, well conjured up by Buchan Lennon. In the end, though, there’s a mystical and deeply poetic aspect of this tale – captured in Seylan Baxter’s gorgeous live fiddle music – that seems just beyond Conachan’s reach. And that leaves the text’s shifts between rough contemporary Scots and soaring poetic fantasy looking slightly more disjointed than they should, in what remains a wild and fascinating piece of stage poetry.
Seen on 19.04.14