A thrilling rollercoaster - Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf review by John Clarke

Edward Albee’s award winning play Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf was a winner at the ever fearless, always energetic and hard-hitting stage at Todmorden Hippodrome.

The audience didn’t let the fact that it’s set in America in the 60s put them off (the cast’s accents were really convincing by the way).

This play is still relevant today, an often thrilling, emotional rollercoaster.

Set around a marital row and with a fair bit of drinking, the cast provoke, entice and struggle with each other to electrifying moments, beating any soap opera any day.

Gracefully directed by John Spooner, this play was not “easy watching” but true drama never is.

Each member of the cast diligently made the character their own and effortlessly breathed life into each them. Emily Coup was vulnerably demure yet powerful as Honey while Martin Cook grounded the piece’s simmering violent intent as Nick. Katrina Heath as Martha and Chris Berry as George, either alone or together, were often spellbinding to watch, leaving the audience unsure what to expect next and deeply moved.

The energy they showed in these fine performances was astounding.