A Phenominal performance from a purple who has a great career ahead of her.

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks… I was intrigued just by the title. And as a purple myself (don’t like the word lesbian, why not call yourself a purple instead?!) I didn’t actually know what a titty wank was until my girlfriend explained it 1 minute before the performance began!

This performance was the masters performance for Sarah Hanly and was a semi-autobiographical performance, with strong themes around mental health and eating disorders as well as some Irish humour. It received a standing ovation, and it was truly deserved. Throughout the performance, you could see the emotion in her eyes. It was clear that this performance had a deep, personal meaning to her. She was sharing her innermost feelings and experiences with a room full of strangers.

The premise of the performance was Sarah talking to her friend in a diary format. A perfect mixture of comedy, whilst covering the rather challenging and honest subjects of sexuality, mental health and surviving growing up in catholic Southern Dublin as a young woman. Sarah gave a very physical performance with lots of thrusting, miming and swearing. Not for the feint hearted, this performance contains a lot of triggers around bulimea, anorexia, sexuality and grief.

To break up the scenes, and reflect the changes in date, pauses between scenes were Sarah standing still staring into the audience, almost harrowing and I feel that they represented the darkness of mental health that encompasses Sarah, her dark shadow that is always there.

There were flashbacks to past experiences, some with the song Take Me Home, Country Roads. One version of the song, to reflect that Sarah was high at the time, was sped up making the lyrics sound like a chipmunk, psychadelic and chaotic; it really worked in setting the scene.

A really good way to explain the ongoing challenge of mental health, my favourite line in the play:

“The habit creeps up on me out of nowhere, like a sheep on a country road in Limerick.”

“I love sheep” you say.

“Yeah, so do I Saoirse. But at the moment I’ve got the whole fucking flock blocking my way”

The performance takes place on a bare set which was as raw and vulnerable as the story itself. A few key props included hand wash, a bag of powder, a granola bar, and an electric toothbrush! I’ll let you imagine what they could be used for… I loved that all of the props were produced from a bum bag around her waist.

This play is entralling, mesmorising, and as easy as it is difficult to watch. You can’t help but feel like you are reading someone’s diary, hearing their inner thoughts. By the end I felt honoured to have shared this experience. Most importantly, I felt happiness around the ultimate story of survival. Yes there is still grief, and personal challenges – but live is still for living – day by day, and possibly even as a purple!

A Phenominal performance from a purple who has a great career ahead of her.

You have another chance to catch this play!

For one night only, on Friday 3 November 2017, Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is on at The Arts Theatre in the West End. Tickets are just £10 – they’re worth three times that so get yours today!


ABOUT PURPLE SNOWFLAKES AND TITTY WANKS

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks, part of Maiden Speech Festival

by @sarahhanly3

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is a vibrant story of survival, a fearless example of semi-autobiographical storytelling and Irish humour.

We follow Sarah as she navigates her way through grief, drunken nights, and a variety of sexual exploits in a hilarious and heartbreaking one-woman show about mental illness, sexuality, and friendship.

CAST

Sarah Hanly

​DIRECTOR

Alice Fitzgerald

DATES

  • Tue 10 Oct @ 8.20pm SOLD OUT
  • Fri 20 Oct @ 8.20pm
  • Sat 21 Oct @ 8.20pm

ABOUT MAIDEN SPEECH

Maiden Speech Festival - nine new plays from 10 emerging artists

Produced by Lexi Clare Productions @LexiClareNZ

From dark comedy to lip-sync, Shakespearean cabaret to rap, Maiden Speech is a theatre festival featuring a striking selection of original works by emerging artists.

​Maiden Speech promises to be a festival that entertains and provokes, engaging with questions of gender and sexuality through a myriad of stories and styles. Brought to you by a team of recent Mountview graduates, this festival marks the first time these nine pieces have been performed on a London stage.

Join us for the first instalment of Maiden Speech; two weeks of compelling new theatre, ideas and faces to watch out for.

Maiden Speech is playing at TheatreN16 in Balham from 10-21 October 2017.

@MaidenSpeech #MaidenSpeech

https://www.lexiclareproductions.com