I’m a huge fan of the novelist Kate Atkinson, so when I heard that an amateur London theatre group was going to be performing a play penned by her, I booked a ticket straight away. Strong performances by the members of the St Michael’s Players, with a majority female cast, did the play, Abandonment, justice.

Atkinson’s style is recognisable in the work, her interest in family and in time slips coming to the fore. The play begins when a woman moves in to an old Victorian home, which is haunted by the ghost of a young woman from the nineteenth century. This isn’t a ghost story as such – there are no scares – instead the scenarios draw parallels and contrasts between the treatment of women by their lovers and how they cope with emotional or physical abandonment.

With a witty script and a rich storyline, this play is well worth seeing and I hope to catch more of Atkinson’s work in the future.


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