The play is set in the run-down eastern bloc
apartment of squabbling sisters Anna and Lena. Initially the audience
with a web of lies and deception created by the stories and
anecdotes Anna and Lena recall. The already edgy status quo is broken by the
unexpected arrival of the mysterious Mathilde, battered and bloody
after an apparent attack. She asks to be given refuge. After some
argument, the sisters agree to take Mathilde on as a servant, a role
she seems to accept
Gradually facts about the sisters' lives
begin to emerge, while their web of subterfuge becomes even darker, with macabre secrets spilling out
from every cupboard. Through Mathilde's constant questioning and
desire for truth, the complex world of the two sisters slowly begins
to crumble, forcing open the cracks in their relationship, and
ultimately resulting in the play's disturbing revelation and
The story, maze-like in its complexity,
unnerves its audience with double bluffs, false memories and lies at every turn.
Even the time-frame is deceptive - is the piece set in the 1930s,
1950s, the recent past, the present day? And exactly how much time
elapses from the beginning of the story until its chilling climax?
Is Anna mad, or do wolves really roam the city streets and the
corridors of their apartment block? Each question is answered with
yet more questions...
This dark, claustrophobic production has
been hailed as
Bedlam's greatest production and most adventurous work to date.
Audiences were very enthusiastic, with many people (as in past
tours) travelling great distances to see the show a second time!
Rory Wilton - Director