Curve Theatre, Leicester
Dir: Daniel Buckroyd
" Atherton is particularly moving as Emily. "
" Julie Atherton however is a definitive Emily. Her pitch and tone are perfection and her acting is simply flawless. A woman, fiercely loving and protective as a mother, yet with a burning desire to broaden her world through both a passionate love affair and later in going out to work. (In an era still brimming with chauvinism, it was rare for married women to earn a wage.) The frustrated passion that Atherton injects into her character’s suppressed desire for Jackson is almost red-hot with stifled sexual yearning and when Bragg’s story draws Emily into experiencing tragedy, her response and sobs of grief are perfectly delivered to claw at our heart strings without once becoming mawkish. "