Killing Stella – Everyman Theatre – Review by Rachel O Leary
Date and Time: Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st July at 8pm
Gaitkrash theatre company provide experimental performances that work at the intersection between text, image, and sound. Their newest performance is ‘Killing Stella’ a stage adaptation of the novel by Austrian writer Marlen Haushofer (Wir töten Stella, 1958). Killing Stella tells the story of the abuse endured by a young 19-year-old and the repercussions when Anna, the witness, remains silent. For two days Anna is alone while Richard, her husband, has taken the kids away. Now Anna is left making sense of the catastrophe that has occurred as a result of taking Stella into her home.
The story is told through a tapestry of choreography, text, and musical composition. Together Bernadette Cronin (actor) and Eimear Reidy (cello), work simultaneously to provide a strong, enjoyable and convincing performance.
At the start, one might wonder if there is any text but hold tight! The stillness is creating an atmosphere that makes you eager to find out more. Death affects everyone in different ways and watching Bernadette is sure to keep you on your toes wondering what will happen next.
Bernadette displays a variety of emotions, showcasing different themes and characters. At times you may sympathize with the character and at other times you may dislike her. Dark humour isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, however, it might just give you a few giggles. The set is very minimalistic but every prop served a purpose. The music and lighting matched the choreography and the intense whirlwind of emotions perfectly.
If you’re looking for something upbeat, this play is not for you. This play requires your concentration throughout. If you’re a lover of intense and intriguing performances that will stay with you after you leave the theatre, Killing Stella may be for you.
Presented by Gaitkrash Theatre Company
Running Time: 70 Mins
Directed by Regina Crowley
With Bernadette Cronin & Eimear Reidy