The mesmerising performance of Holly Squires as Ruth, taking us from her struggles as a single mother through her own personal hell of alcoholism, abortions, miscarriages and domestic abuse that finally drove her to the murder she was convicted of.
The real power of the play though, highlighted by the talent and skill of the direction and acting, centres on the isolation and repression of the three sisters, which finds its outlet in the characters of their imagination; Bertha and Cathy (from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights respectively) are superbly portrayed by Maria Wilkinson, and represent the inner passions of their characters’ creators perfectly, in words and, so often, in silent action.
A range of monologues, a range of audience responses, and a range of women performing them all combined at the Apollo to ensure The Vagina Monologues was a success.
There are mysteries to solve, some light-hearted moments and more than one twist in the tale!
‘The Ghost Train’ is staged at The Apollo Theatre from 30 June until 8 July (not Sunday or Monday).