Girl jobs: A Hundred Words For Snow @trafstudios
There may be A Hundred Words for Snow but no words for grief and loss. Written by Tatty Hennessy, it's a funny and emotional monologue told with panache, humour and enthusiasm by Gemma Barnett. It’s currently playing at Trafalgar Studios.
When Rory’s (Gemma Barnett) dad unexpectedly dies, she discovers his diary with plans for a trip to the Arctic. So she makes a plan to get her father's ashes to the North Pole. After all, spending an eternity in an urn is not going to be much fun. So borrowing her mother's credit card she takes a flight to Norway. But things aren't what she expects. Along the way she meets a boy and finds a friend. But she also discovers how big the world can be when you're fifteen years old.
Barnett brings the material to life with her exuberant performance. Her blank stares and bemused looks often have the audience in stitches. But she also shows the character's sadness and vulnerability which make the piece so compelling to the end.
An exciting piece of new writing by some exceptionally talented people. Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson, A Hundred Words For Snow is downstairs at Trafalgar Studios until 30 March.
Photos by Nick Rutter