The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe is a one-woman show, written by Elton Townend Jones. Currently on tour, I caught it in the Artsdepot Studio in north London, and found it a moving and worthwhile experience.
Alone in her hotel room, Marilyn opens up to us about her life, relationships and acting career, revealing her charm and appeal as well as her vulnerability. Throughout the show, she swallows the pills that will eventually kill her: knowing this adds an extra poignancy to the show, as you realise the happiness she craves will never be hers.
This fictionalised account of Monroe’s last hours is sensitively portrayed by Lizzie Wort, who has a difficult task in commanding the audience’s attention for the duration of the show as well as living up to the actress’ legendary appeal. I thought she did a really good job and brought out a sympathetic side to the character, as well as the difficult aspects of her personality.
I loved this show and would definitely recommend it. I would also like to see some of Dyad Productions’ other touring shows, which also look intriguing.