by Emma Packer
Camden People’s Theatre to 16 August
58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY to 16 August 2016.
Runs 60 mins No interval.
TICKETS: 020 7419 4841
Review: William Russell 9 August.
Girl in trouble slowly reveals why
Directed by Katherine Hayes this spell binding monologue by Emma Packer is a revised version of one presented last on the fringe in Edinburgh. Any Jones is a girl from Brixton, seemingly happy, confiding in friends, talking about her life, about the world around.
Gradually we learn that all is not as it seems. She is a victim of child abuse, and the abuser is her mother, physically and mentally. Emma
Packer is impressive, although – and it could just be the accent of a girl from Brixton – the way she pronounces words like future which end in ‘ure’ as if they were futchu It brings up slight echoes of Katherine Tate being daringly naughty, and this slightly undermines the portrait of Amy.
However the story is all and it is enlightening and interesting, a model of its kind. The monologue is a tricky theatrical form as the actor must hold the audience’s attention and here without any props to help Ms Packer does just that.
Any Jones: Emma Packer.
Director: Katherine Hayes.