Life after transitioning – in Cassandra, it’s less a state of being and more a question: Once you’ve been let into the club of womanhood, what follows?
With a simple answer – death – we plunge into a dense work that, appropriately, touches on the typical stages of grief – there’s denial (of the male persona), anger (at self-betrayal), bargaining (for survival, economic and mental), depression (over struggle, within and without), and finally acceptance (before ultimately, death and rebirth). If death seems too simple an answer, rest assured that it’s the killing that provides the meat of the work – delving into shared histories of struggle, suppression, and the delicate balance of truth and deceit.
Reviewed by Jason Lomas
This review is based on the reviewer’s experience of the performance on May 14.