Presented by Holden Street Theatres
Reviewed 17 February 2017
Another masterpiece from the pen of Henry Naylor, beautifully written and passionately performed by Avitil Lvova. Set in Kobane in 1914 the story tells of the advance of ISIS on this small town and the journey of one young farm girl.
Beginning at age 12 when she is still at school dreaming of being a lawyer, the script takes us through what happens as the country dissolves into war. Her father sees what is coming and teaches her to shoot, but she is a pacifist. She resists his pleas to take on the farm and clings to her studies.
This girl grabs our hearts and strains our conscience. We feel her despair at the anguish of her mother; her desperate need to find her father; the betrayal of local lads who join the invading forces; her passionate desire to prevent their success and her despair at the destruction of her home.
This is the final in Naylor’s trilogy Arabian Nightmares and brings home the devastation and despair much sharper than any news report. Lvova’s performance completely envelops the audience.
We are all moulded by the times we live in. Reluctantly she becomes a crack shot, she becomes the Angel of Kobane.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Rating out of 5: 5
Venue: Holden Street – Studio
Season: 14 Feb – 19 Mar
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $12.50 – $28