MEET THE FREAK

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AND she’s sup­posed to be on the side of the good guys?

From the mo­ment new gover­nor Joan Fer­gu­son stalks into Went­worth Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre it’s clear here is a for­mi­da­ble force. In the orig­i­nal Pris­oner se­ries, “The Freak”, played by Mag­gie Kirk­patrick be­came a fear­some, mer­ci­less and ter­ri­fy­ing icon. Which gives ac­claimed stage and screen ac­tor Pamela Rabe big shoes to fill in The Freak’s reimag­in­ing for

Went­worth. But her ver­sion is pure steel, cal­cu­la­tion and men­ace from the out­set.

“So­ci­ety has deemed these women de­fec­tive and it’s our job to fix them,” The Freak says in her open­ing ad­dress to staff.

“Not to pan­der, to be­friend, to in­dulge or ac­com­mo­date. We ex­ist to cor­rect.”

The de­liv­ery is more than chill­ing. It’s pos­i­tively arc­tic.

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