Pink House

Theatre (theatre, drama)

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  • PQA Venues @Riddle's Court - Q2
  • 15:30
  • Aug 26
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Paradigm Lab
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing, Explores Jewish trauma.
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Peri is fifteen when her adopted mother dies. In losing a parent, she also loses her carefree way of life when her adoptive grandmother moves in. The two have never met before but now share a tiny, cluttered house. They share meals. They share Jewish holidays. To Peri, Shira seems relentless and cruel. To Shira, Peri seems unhinged and uneducated, much like her daughter was. Meanwhile, this messy house seems to wake up spirits from her past. Taking place across two hopelessly interwoven timelines, the play examines the meaning of heritage and belonging.

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Jeanette McClellan 115 days ago

Review of Pink House (Paradigm Lab)

5 out of 5!

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Riddle’s Court Q2 to see this touching play on Tuesday this week. My Dutch friend and I settled in our seats 5 minutes before it started which gave us some peaceful moments to truly absorb the set. All black back-drop, no distractions, and the stage itself was a joy to behold – metal crates filled with a hoarder’s delight (sure I spotted my ex’s teapot in there) that throughout the play were transformed into whatever the player’s wanted us to see: a bed, a table, a coffin …
I was worried at first about the script, as my friend’s English is more than rusty and I certainly didn’t want to narrate in such an intimate venue, but I need not have worried. The cast lived and breathed their lines, we felt their joy, their fear, their loss and no translation was necessary as these are the core of our experience that cross all languages. That was mirrored in Shira’s seamless transition between English and Yiddish as her newly orphaned 15-year old Granddaughter, Peri, needed no interpreter to understand her Grandmother’s angst.
The story was gradually revealed in some exquisite exchanges between the two – we were at the very front, and I could see the lip tremble when Shira caught herself repeating patterns of behaviour from her past in her interactions with her stranger-of-a-grandchild. Fatima Jawara as Peri delivered a touching, strong performance as a bereft 15-year old trying to navigate the new landscape of grief. Alice Jackson played Shira, and I don’t know how she it pulled off as she shifted between her teenage self, pre-emigration to the USA and her older self, but she did it effortlessly without need of props. ‘In shock’ after her estranged daughter has died and trying to come to terms with her feisty adopted granddaughter who doesn’t even observe Shabbat let alone know how to handwash before she leaves the grave to prevent the memories from being erased. ‘Daring to be young’ as she sang with her sister. Generations apart, equally credible.
Madison Pollack, the writer, has delivered a tease of a play. The audience are never fully told the intricacies of Shira’s past trauma, nor even how her daughter died or why they were estranged. Peri certainly makes it clear to Shira that her mum chose Peri over her birth family. And then we meet young Rebecca in flashback – Shira’s feisty, protective and fun sister who had to coax young Shira to stand up to ‘the bully’, to enjoy being a teenager for a change. Seeing Shira ‘let go’ gave a quick flash into what could have been, and what is there in the here and now of Peri’s wonderful temperament and character. Shira’s Aunt and Mum and Neighbour allowed the audience to view her experience though a family lens in a way that we can all perhaps relate through their daily interactions.
I felt immersed in this production, it enveloped me for the full 50 minutes and at different moments I cried real tears and giggled unreservedly. The all-female cast with their very engaging ways, their very ‘ordinary selves’ and the quirky moments with the reel to reel tape recorder that Peri mends. Delightful. But brutal. Trauma affects us all differently, and Shira has eliminated it from her consciousness and like everything we squash down, it rears its ugly head – in this case, she is almost haunted by her family and the past, they spill over into the present.
The direction, lighting and sound were spot on, and my only suggestion for pushing the limits would be to explore how the cast could be with the audience for some moments – they felt like the girl next door, the woman across the road, a pal in class … I didn’t feel they needed the constraint of a stage, somehow.
Highly recommended, honestly one of the best Fringe productions I have seen in recent years. Certainly the cast and crew are worth watching out for in future productions as I felt they all had great skill to bring to live contemporary performances.
Cast list: Alice Jackson = Shira, Ania Myszkowska = Rebecca (Shira’s sister), Fatima Jawara = Peri, Rowan Miller as neighbour Leah and Jane, and Megan Lambie as Aviva.
Produced by Paradigm Lab, Stage Manager Rachel Chung

Amy Willshire 118 days ago

Peri's adopted mother just died. Her estranged, mad grandmother moves in, throws out her mother's belongings and tells her she is unwanted. This has no resolution but the narrative asks you to take pity on the grandma because she had a hard childhood herself. Not ok. Everyone is responsible for dealing with their own trauma. No child deserves to be treated as Peri is. This is emotional abuse and psychological torture.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

Exploring grief and the impact of trauma on memory and family relationships, Paradigm Lab’s Pink House by Madison Pollack at PQA Venues is somewhat heartbreaking and completely honest. Taking place across two interwoven timelines, the play examines the meaning of heritage and belonging in an interesting way that allows you...

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