I don’t usually post reviews or articles on the blog but there was something about this beautiful, heart-wrenching play that I felt the need to share.
I was lucky enough to go and see the fabulous Julie Hesmondhalgh perform in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer winning play, Wit, at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.
I have seen Hesmondhalgh perform at the Exchange before during her stint in Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster which made me bawl like a baby. Ex-housemate and I had to take ourselves out for a huge glass of wine after that emotional roller coaster. While Wit did have me teary eyed, I managed to keep my compsure a little more and wasn’t driven to the pub!
“Julie Hesmondhalgh always makes me cry. Whether it’s during those last few scenes inCoronation Street when she portrayed Hayley Cropper’s final moments or as Sylvia Lancaster in the heart-wrenching Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, there’s something about Hesmondhalgh’s performances guaranteed to make me blub like a small child. So when I was offered the chance to review the Lancashire-born actress in a production of Wit at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, I jumped at the chance, a stash of tissues at the ready.
“The attention was flattering. For the first five minutes. Now I know how poems feel.”
Margaret Edson, Wit
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