See it if Ambitious drama not afraid to play with the form and address dark side of humanity
Don't see it if You only like straightforward drama and dislike dark material
"'Evelyn' clearly aims to explore the interface between coercive control, criminality and unforgiving mob justice. The problem is that none of it is executed convincingly enough: the script feels scrappy and the acting in director Madelaine Moore’s production cannot cover the cracks."
"It’s all too scattershot, the nightmarish interludes failing to cohere with the more pedestrian scenes. And it never quite reaches the expected climax or unpacks its vague ideas about gendered violence, retribution and redemption, and our fascination with appalling true crime stories. Horrors hover over it, yet we remain fatally detached."
Ratcliffe’s treatment of Jeanne is quirky yet sympathetic, but despite the generosity and texture of Lenska’s performance, her story pulls the focus and dynamic of the play. Ratcliffe’s dramatic style shows real promise, but it feels as if there are two plays here that merit individual treatment.
Ratcliffe explores the role that social media plays in forming and shaping opinions; in this case it’s a community Facebook group that inspires a form of mob justice, but just as in real life, we can never be sure if justice has truly been served