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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

Maureen Lipman in Rose by Martin Sherman streaming online from Hope Mill Theatre

Taking on the role made famous by Olympia Dukakis, Maureen Lipman is Rose, a woman shaped by her history. She offers an intimate and, at times, humorous account of the 20th century, and the ultimate triumph of humanity. This thought-provoking production acts as a caution, highlighting the importance of unity in the face of adversity, and the need to recognise and empathise with the suffering of others.

Martin Sherman’s powerful one-woman monologue Rose is a portrait of a strong Jewish woman, who recounts her life from war-devastated Europe to achieving the American Dream. It is a tour-de-force for an actress, demanding, and a full- length play, and in Maureen Lipman, filmed on the stage of the Hope Mill Theatre, the script has a perfect interpreter, holding us close in Rose’s story, almost daring us to look away in the darkest moment, embracing us seconds later, with wonderful self-deprecating humour. There is a subtlety to the performance, the production, (gentle sound effects and music, with some projections), gently directed by Scott Le Crass, avoids melodrama and is all the more mesmerising for it.

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