She Danced on a Fri­day, tear-jerk­ing

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - KEL­LEY TANTAU

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.

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