Just the Tonic at Mash House
From 06 August 2015 to 30 August 2015
Review by Amy Yorston
Part colourful comedy and part touching story, Invisible Woman is enthusiastically performed by Kate Cook who embodies each larger-than-life character with vigour.
Set in World War 2, the plot tells of a frustrated housewife who winds up working for the British Army as a spy. We meet her husband, daughter, mother and a variety of other characters as she makes the exciting journey to France to carry out her mission.
Switching gender, accents and ages, Cook performs the entire tale with only a chair, hanging lightbulb and a pipe, relying on the narrative to paint the picture and the audience to jump onto the ride.
Her physical and vocal dexterity ensure that the fast-paced story remains clear and even when playing a chicken she manages to do so with a gleam of the absurd in her eye.
When introducing the piece, Cook explains that in many ways she sees elements of that time period as cartoon-like and this is reflected in the overall style, however the idea of an unseen female lead performing feats of daring-do isn't wholly ridiculous so congratulations to Mrs Bishop—the invisible woman—and to all those women who never fully enjoyed the recognition they deserved.