Review: What Girls Are Made Of

Citizens Women
Citizens @ The Tramway 09 Apr 2019 – 13 Apr 2019
3 Stars (3 / 5)


Since the end of the 19th century we can see a lot of women figures who are strong and independent, but they need to fight for it in a world ruled by men. What Girls Are Made Of, the second play in the series “Citizens Women” is not one of the feminist-oriented performances we could expect. Thank God! As equality spreads wider this topic is getting emptier, looking more and more like we are patting ourselves on the back over the good job we have done.

Cora Bissett shows us a female lead character, who happens to be a woman, and with everything that belongs to it, but above that, she is a human being who is struggling to find her own place in the world.

Cora is narrator, performer, singer and the main role who is supported by four others, who are more just voices than real characters. It is partially caused by the storytelling form and an attempt to describe her life opted for by director, Orla O’Loughlin. This leaves Cora to be always in the central part of the stage and puts other actors into their corners. They do not leave their demarcated space which is not more than 2 metres across and engage in any dramatic situation among them. They illustrate her wild story full of excitement and sudden twists and allow her to fall into sentimental tenderness (especially towards her parents) that creates interesting opposite to her rock singer persona, even though it sometimes slips into a pushy ambition get a big sigh and lenient smile from audience who should drop a tear at that moments.

Cora’s performance changes in front of our eyes from a teenager into forty-year-old mum using different language, facial expressions and as time goes more and more level-headed gestures – fascinating to watch. After all her character went through it is clear at the final song the same Cora full of indie spirit and tenacious as a Shetland pony.