Grief is an important but difficult subject to tackle through art. Its impact is so devastating and yet so different from person to person that any representation can become divisive. In David Coverdale’s new play however, it is dealt with in an extremely sensitive manner, which leaves the audience with a shared sense of sad satisfaction.
The short one-woman play is performed by the excellent Catherine Millsom and centres on Agnes, a slightly troubled postal worker who has a fascination with the written word and it’s importance in bringing joy through letters and cards. We are given an insight into an ordinary life in which a bereavement has had a devastating impact on personal growth.
The beautiful portrayal by Millsom along with honest script and great direction by Ashliegh Packham make this a heartwarming and incredibly moving piece of theatre.
From Afar is running as part of the Vaults Festival at the Travel Through Bookshop until Saturday 9 March.