She Danced on a Friday, tear-jerking
English tourist Margery Hopegood’s life abruptly ended in Hamilton in 1992. Travelling from the United Kingdom, she had been in the country just four days before she was murdered. Twenty-five years later, we remembered her.
She Danced on a Friday, a moving piece about Margery’s birth and death, was seen for the first time by a Hamilton audience.
The stage welcomed the simple set and the one-woman cast of Nicola Pauling and musician Matt Hutton.
In the intimate setting of the refurbished Meteor Theatre and with an introduction by Pauling herself, the evening felt faithful and confidential.
And, like 1992, when the people of Hamilton united in grief to mourn Margery, the audience was cohesive, for everyone at She Danced on a Friday had a purpose for being there.
For some, the story was familiar, for others, it curbed their curiosity.
The play was a tear-jerker, but in the beautiful way our brains respond to strong emotion; Pauling so eloquently brought Margery back to life that it was a shame to see her go again.