This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing
- Kelly Apter
- 23 May 2019
Re-imagined fairytale captures the love that binds us and the sense of adventure that sends us out into the world
Finegan Kruckemeyer's tale of three sisters left alone in the woods by their father has been performed all over the world – which tells you something about its universality. It may focus on growing up as a triplet, something few of us can identify with, but within each of these three young girls lies a range of emotions we can all recognise.
Albienne is angry and wants to fight injustice, Beatrix has a deep sadness inside her, while Carmen feels a need to stay close to home. All of them have the seedlings of these qualities inside them when we first meet them aged 10, but the death of their mother – and subsequent arrival of a stepmother – makes their individual traits more marked.
Left alone in the forest at the behest of their stepmother, the girls strike out on their own in three very different ways. As we follow them over the next 22 years, we see one become a warrior, one journey under the sea to bring joy to a colourless land, and one stay right where she is, meet a partner and have a child.
The journey from 10-32 is filled with change for everyone, and it's depicted here through dynamic direction, a fascinating set, a specially composed score and four passionate performances. There's something of all of us in Albienne, Beatrix, Carmen and their beleaguered dad, and the message it sends young audiences – that the world is there to be explored, in your own special way – is just beautiful.
Reviewed at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy.