It’s a self-pitying opening scene done marvellously, not only for Katherine Rodden’s (who also wrote this) spot-on drunken acting. A lot is required of Katherine Rodden – she is the glue that holds every scene together.
THE PUBLIS REVIEW
As her self-obsessed grumblings travelled towards the audience, I envisioned myself hating this woman for the rest of the play. Luckily, Katherine Rodden plays her at just the right level so she feels more like a real person with flaws rather than the one-note irritation she easily could have been.
Katherine Rodden takes to the stage with ease and has the audience giggling as she merrily prances about her flat, chatting to herself in a plum-English, drunken slur about the woes of being a struggling actress. The comedy heightens when Lauren’s mother turns up unexpectedly. Rodden depicts an awkward mother-daughter relationship where neither really enjoys the other’s company. It is packed with hilarious one-liners from both characters - even when Mother announces that she has left Lauren’s father and wants a divorce. The high standard of acting and writing portrays a very believable relationship.
WHAT'S PEEN SEEN
“The script is hilarious”
“This scene is so close to comedy perfection; a delightful blend of comic timing, wonderful writing, and a talented cast brings the script to life making the audience roar with laughter.”
“A great script, full of big laughs and wonderful slapstick.”
“The writing was really excellent and I think Rodden could easily give a fresh take on the old comedy of manners genre. Her strengths lie in the witty banter she has written among the different family members especially between the daughter and the mother”
“Highly crafted and with plenty of lovingly researched detail, Katherine Rodden’s play is an enjoyable, contemporary nod to a bygone era.“
“A Woman of No Importance… Or Somewhat Little Importance Anyhow isn't exactly Wilde but it does manage to weave much of his humour and profound subtleties throughout the rich dialogue. Fans of the great man need not despair. In fact, I have a feeling that if he were here today Oscar would have enjoyed many elements of this show.”
“Apart from the script, the best thing about this play is certainly the performances.”
“This is a refreshing piece of fringe theatre, in a delightful space, and with an exciting cast. It touches upon an array of themes in a light-hearted manner without overwhelming the audience. Paradigm Theatre Company certainly succeeds in quenching our thirst for new comedy.”