Wolf Tamer premier at OffBeat 2018

We had a successful first performance of Wolf Tamer as part of the Offbeat Festival Oxford 2018. The production was directed by Joy Forsythe with Movement Direction by Emma Webb and Set Design by Rachael Twyford. You can read Jon Lewis's review of the show below:

WOLF TAMER PACKS A PUNCH

IN August 2015, I reviewed Creation Theatre’s lovely production of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in the gardens of St Hugh’s College. It featured a charming, pitch-perfect performance by a young Irish actress, Rachel Mae Brady. Three years on, Rachel has written, and stars in, her one-woman play, Wolf Tamer, part of the Oxford Offbeat Festival, directed by Joy Forsythe. It is one of the most powerful, moving productions I have seen this year. Brady plays herself and Wolf Tamer is in part a memory play. She is talking about her beloved uncle Neil who spun daredevil stories for Rachel when she was little. He transported her with words to the North Pole, or to the Pyramids. Rachael Twyford’s simple but very clever set has sheets draped over wooden frames suggesting icebergs or the Sphinx. When these sheets are eventually removed, the strips of wood remain, with nothing else there, the illusion over. The same thing metaphorically happens to Rachel and Neil. Far from being an adventurer, in later life he is reclusive, living in a downstairs flat, his agoraphobia condemning him to the occasional walk to the park opposite to walk the dog. When Rachel learns the truth about Neil, it is like those sheets being removed and she can see him more clearly. This is also the story of Rachel’s own life – her loves, her acting course, travelling to a festival abroad, moving to London and eventually Oxford, and that production of Alice. Much of her delivery is comic, with superb physicality. Brady has a smile that is knock-out, but underneath the enchantments are her personal demons, and her own experiences with mental health issues. Scenes of vitality and humour are undercut suddenly by Rachel’s glimpses into the dark fears haunting her life. She had to ‘get through’ the production of Alice because it is then that she learned her uncle had died of drink. That show went on, and so did Rachel, the professional. A remarkably honest, touching, hopefully cathartic, performance. JON LEWIS Offbeat festival