Francesca is currently performing in Hansel & Gretel at The Gulbenkian, Canterbury from Dec 6th - 18th & The Met, Bury 20th-24th Dec
The impressively large and all-female ensemble performs Ryaman’s charmingly archaic script - peppered as it is with ‘pal’ ‘kid’ and ‘duckie’- with crystalline precision, relishing each fruity vowel. Francesca Anderson’s Olga bring some much-needed dynamism and spark to Rayman’s pious, if well observed, play.
The cast astounded me; in the group of eleven performers, there was not a single weak link. I was engrossed from the very beginning, finding myself completely immersed as the gritty tale developed. This was due to the strength of acting.
There are fine performances throughout from the all female cast. Amy Comper takes her pretty Veronica from self denial to candid reality. She is aided by Francesca Anderson’s gritty realist Olga who we know will ultimately triumph in her own way.
Francesca Anderson offered a refreshingly unapologetic character in Olga - she was the only one to seem uninterested in landing a man and was much more focused on friendship than romance.
Camaraderie prevails, not least personified in the charming and adept acting of Francesca Anderson as Olga.