Henry Naylor's play juxtaposes the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart: a Victorian pioneer off to wed in the British colonies, and an Islamist British schoolgirl who joins the Jihad in Syria. More…
Part of the Brits Off Broadway fest and presented as a pair of intercut monologues, 'Echoes' showcases the stories of two different women. One is a student Jihadist from England. The other is a Victorian member of the Fishing Fleet, women who traveled to East Asia to wed the men setting up the Empire. Both are idealists: intelligent adventurers, with strong religious beliefs. And both travel to foreign lands with a mission to impose a system of government upon an unwilling people.
See it if You want to see excellent acting in a very intense play. If you like short plays (it's only about 50 minutes).
Don't see it if You don't want to see two actors play about 10 different parts. You don't want to see something serious.
See it if you like thoughtful plays, great acting, shows that try to help audiences understand what's going on in the Middle East.
Don't see it if you're looking for something light & fluffy. It's funny, but not lighthearted.
See it if the same prejudice two centuries apart, two idealistic women from two different religions - well told, well acted parallel stories.
Don't see it if you don't like material that makes you angry or hopeless that things aren't as different as we'd like
See it if / to witness superb actors storytell cleanly and succinctly. With zero bells and whistles, you get on the ride. What theater is about.
Don't see it if you want splashy, or do not like 1-person shows (this is basically two 1-person shows in one). Everything is well done, though, so go.
See it if you want to spent a taut 50 minutes being introduced to two incredible young actresses and an ambitious, socially conscious playwright.
Don't see it if you are triggered by rape or violence against women (mostly narrated). You are an MRA. You don't like long monologues.
See it if brings you quickly to empathize with the two characters, one of whom you might think you're pre-disposed to dislike! But tragedy awaits...
Don't see it if you don't want your mind opened and your heart broken.
See it if Dramatic writing and outstanding acting is a must for you to enjoy a play. Small venue that enhances the moments👍
Don't see it if Serious dialogue about women's empowerment is not your thing.
See it if You want to be totally absorbed and leave with real food for thought
Don't see it if Can't concentrate for an hour- it's quite intense and is just 2 actors with minimal props/scenery
See it if You are dying, and want 50 minutes to feel like 2 hours, or you need to be disabused of a notion that any man can write female characters.
Don't see it if You don't like ham handed political theater with its story turned up to eleven presuming you are too stupid to get the point otherwise.
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