April De Angelis adapts Elena Ferrante's novel about friendship, violence and change for the stage.
When Lila goes missing, her closest friend Lenu Greco reflects on their friendship which spans six decades. A two-part play directed by April De Angelis (Jumpy). Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack star in the title roles.
Ultimately, despite some grumbles...this is a production which should delight the books’ many fans and serve as a fine introduction to the richly conceived, unforcedly feminist world of Ferrante.'
Elena Ferrante's story makes a triumphant transition to stage...a richly textured, two-part piece of theatre exploring a complex female friendship... I actually didn’t want this show to end.'
Director Melly Still and designer Soutra Gilmour stage all this with some flair. This is a production full of lovely, imaginative touches... I admired the fluency of the staging but wondered at its purpose.'
...for all the hours we spend in their company most of the clans and supporting characters never seem much more than ciphers. We do get a flavour of a city that is beguiling and brutal, but that’s not enough.'