Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Venue: The Space On The Mile @ Jury’s Inn (V260)
Festival: Edinburgh Fringe
Strinberg’s The Stronger isn’t a one-woman play. While it’s true that only one character speaks, the script is decidedly not a monologue: when the second woman remains silent, we’re left to decide who, indeed, is ‘the stronger’: she who is constantly speaking, or the one who’s mute – can she simply not think of any response, or is she confident enough to choose to remain silent?
In this production, some of that interpretation is done for us when The Stronger is presented as a one woman play, particularly as it’s a one woman play where there’s still a second character – except that that other character is mimed. When you only have one body on stage, it colours the entire piece. Mlle X’s dialogue is filled with nervous pauses, but we could afford to have them significantly longer (there’s no-one on stage to interrupt, after all). When she tells Mlle Y that it ‘really hurts’ to see the other woman alone, we cannot help but be aware that she – Mlle X – is herself alone.