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When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent

About the show

Fallen Angel Theatre Company presents a comedic memory play that explores the parallel growing pains of a mother and a daughter. More…

Set in 1983, Sharman Macdonald's 'When I Was a Girl' examines the complicated relationship between childless, unmarried Fiona and her crisp, divorced mother Morag. As the two share a Scottish beach holiday, secrets and memories are unearthed. Directed by John Keating.

Member Reviews (6)


Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent
Avg Score

Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You are not put off by a lot of sexual language and are willing to wait until the second act to feel a sense of where the play is going.

Don't see it if You don't like explicit sexual references and can't deal with listening to intense Scottish dialogue.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You want to see 2 smashing performances by UK actresses (& 1 American dud). This 80s play still has relevant meaning & humour-& stands time.

Don't see it if A distractingly boring & 1 note performance by a lead would ruin it for you (it did, me); but for her, would have been terrific Scottish fun

Disappointing, Funny, Slow

See it if You can appreciate interesting staging and have interest in intense mother-daughter conflict.

Don't see it if Dated one-note mother - daughter relationship"screaming and shouting" isn't appealing to you.

Delightful, Funny, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You enjoy the nother daughter relationship in all its complications & low-key unfussy theatre with purpose

Don't see it if You prefer epic staging & bells & whistles

During previews
Funny, Dated, Slow

See it if A lonely mother, yearning to become a grandmother, her daughter and a long lost friend get together for a beach holiday.

Don't see it if You want a thinking piece. The actors played their roles at various ages which was the only thing that held the story together.

During previews
Reminiscent of those bad after school specials that were thinly masked life lessons for adolescents

See it if The first act take-away is awkward sex-ed type commentary. Second act is more a cautionary tale format with mom/daughter drama throughout.

Don't see it if It's kind of all over the place and so many plot elements were never fully developed or explained.. Just take a pass on this one

April 20th, 2016
"While you’ll feel cleansed by the healing conclusion, getting there requires immersion in a churning sea of teenage sexuality, parental expectations and maternal sacrifice…Reversals and reconciliations punctuate Ms. Macdonald’s nonlinear mélange of flinty wit and Scottish idioms, directed with d...
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April 20th, 2016
"Acclaimed when first presented in 1984...the play is less impressive now, because the subject matter has lost its novelty value--but there are other problems as well. For one thing, sexuality is the only thing anyone talks, to the point of near monotony...John Keating's direction could have pick...
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April 18th, 2016
"In 1984, it probably played forcefully as a necessary feminist history play...But that sort of innovation dates quickly...Under John Keating's adequate direction, the performers all do the best they can, and they're able to keep ‘When I Was a Girl’ sufficiently engaging on the surface...If you'r...
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April 21st, 2016
"While the play is now very much a period piece, expressing views little held by women, it very successfully delineates a caustic mother-daughter relationship and is extremely detailed about the problems between them...The play is a time capsule of attitudes and mores from two generations ago...D...
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