Stevie

Stevie is a 1977 play by Hugh Whitemore about 20th century poet Stevie Smith, which was performed a couple of years ago at Hampstead Theatre, starring Zoë Wanamaker. I didn’t get to see it on that occasion, so I was happy to have the chance to watch the Hampton Hill Theatre production, performed by Teddington Theatre Club.

Set in the home in which Stevie lived with her beloved aunt, the play runs back and forth between Stevie’s childhood and her present, with snatches of her poetry in between. The story is absorbing, and the performances of the cast, particularly Jane Marcus as Stevie, are very strong. The play has left me keen to see more productions by this company, and to investigate the poetry of Stevie Smith, about whose work I previously knew very little.

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