A Passionate Woman (Hull)
Betty’s midlife crisis takes the extreme form of retreating to the attic on her son’s wedding day and burying herself among the memories of earlier days, notably the ghost of her former lover (a suitably mannered Stuart Manning). As son and husband advance, she moves ever upward and further into fantasy.
Writer Kay Mellor, taking the role of Betty, inhabits her character with confidence and with adept comic timing; however, the extended monologue that begins the play is from the world of standup (and very funny, too) and the character struggles to convince. Andrew Dunn and Anthony Lewis are good as father and son, with their highly effective scene together breaking down the otherwise conventional characterisation.
– Ron Simpson