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Review: Poisoned Polluted, at Old Red Lion Theatre

15 November, 2019 — By Lucy Bacon

Kathryn O’Reilly and Anna Doolan in Poisoned Polluted. Photo: Robert Workman

KATHRYN O’Reilly’s second play addresses drug addiction and sexual abuse. Here, she teams up with Anna Doolan to play two sisters traumatised by a toxic childhood trying to navigate their way through life.

O’Reilly, the elder sister, struggles with addiction following the death of their mother, and Doolan, the youngest, fights to keep her alive. As they grow older, Doolan gets her life on track, while O’Reilly’s condition worsens.

O’Reilly’s script is poetic and powerful, with moments of humour that provide relief in an otherwise sombre story.

Movement director Sophie Shaw has choreographed a series of lyrical movements which symbolise key moments during the sisters’ relationship, allowing O’Reilly and Doolan to showcase their talent.

Set and costume designer Mayou Trikerioti has created a set with multi-functional props, which allow the scenes to shift with ease.

The result is a powerful production with emotional performances. O’Reilly and Doolan love like sisters and fight like enemies. This is a must-see play addressing the dark truth behind cycles of drug addiction.

Until November 30
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