REVIEW: Here’s What She Said to Me at Sheffield's Crucible plus a FREE live-stream tonight

REVIEW: Here’s What She Said to Me at Sheffield's Crucible plus a FREE live-stream tonight

By Adele Forrest | 03/11/2020

REVIEW: Here’s What She Said to Me at Sheffield's Crucible plus a FREE live-stream tonight
Estella Daniels in Here’s What She Said To Me. Photo: Chris Saunders

A MASTERCLASS in acting from three incredible storytellers has hit the Crucible stage for a short-lived run.

No sooner has the theatre welcomed audiences back that it has been forced to close again, which is a huge shame as Here’s What She Said to Me deserves a much bigger audience.

Its two-week run will be cut short tomorrow (Wednesday) but the theatre is live-streaming tonight’s performance for FREE with a suggested donation of £5. The performance will be available to view on Sheffield Theatres' website from December 1.

And I can’t recommend tuning in or grabbing a last-minute ticket enough as what the production’s small cast of three bring to the stage is quite incredible.

Kiké Brimah, Estella Daniels and Ayo-Dele Edwards portray over 35 characters across five decades, spanning two continents — quite the journey for a socially-distanced audience!

The trio bring to life three generations of Nigerian women, from the grandmother’s story in the 1960s to the granddaughter’s story in the present day.

Two of the women are British Nigerians who over their lives cope with migration, identity struggles, sexism and the weight of expectation.

Humour, poetry and song are woven alongside hard-hitting topics such as rape, abortion, and miscarriage.

The actors embody all of the supporting roles, from children to men through shifts in body language, accents and with the help of a handful of small props. It is an amazing feat to behold and there’s no break in pace over the 90-minute Utopia Theatre production.

Subtle changes in lighting and sound also help take the audience from an African landscape to a packed London tube.

This stripped-back show directed by Mojisola Elufowoju feels huge and will resonate with all types of audiences, who will be able to relate to the family politics across the generations.

After the recent #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements, it was great to see three women on stage bringing to life so many important stories and subjects for a diverse audience.