Rydal's poignant script mixes laughter with the tears to ensure a warm and moving show.
Dave Cunningham, The Public Review ★★★★

Rydal milks comedy from the banal and the everyday rather like a young Victoria Wood.
David Chadderton, British Theatre Guide

About True

Rydal's first play 'True' chronicled a mother daughter relationship through the decades. It premiered at Manchester's 24.7 Theatre Festival in 2011 and won The Audience Award for Best Production, The Vicky Allen Equity Award and was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award. It toured around Cumbria where the company are based. Based on the play a screenplay was written and two short films 'One Last Walk' and 'A Bit More Sleep' were made. The latter winning an Osprey Award at Keswick Film Festival.

British Theatre Guide Review

Emma Rydal
24:7 Theatre Festival
Midland Hotel, Manchester
From 24 July 2011 to 29 July 2011
Review by David Chadderton

Emma Rydal is half of the cast in her play True that analyses a mother-daughter relationship through a sequence of monologues taking place over many years.

We begin with 15-year-old Charlotte in her bedroom in 1986 moaning about her family, shouting at her brother Julian for practising his piano too loud and wondering about sex. Years later, Charlotte's mother Sheila, after all her children have left home, drinks gin with a suggestion of tonic and tells us about taking Charlotte with her to a health farm where they argued constantly. Later we see Charlotte in the post office with a pram, worn out from looking after crying children, and Sheila aged 70 after having her knee replaced due to arthritis.

The play cleverly paints a picture of a whole family including musician brother Julian and sister Rebecca who emigrates to Australia, but it closely focuses on the constantly-changing relationship between mother and daughter as they both get older in a revealing and believable way. The clever part is that this is done in a play that is very funny all the way through, albeit with some very touching moments. Rydal milks comedy from the banal and the everyday rather like a young Victoria Wood.

This is all put across in two faultless comic performances from Rydal herself as Charlotte and Roberta Kerr as Sheila, and all kept on track with some very tight direction that doesn't waste a comic moment from David MacCreedy. In fact the whole piece isn't something that shows potential or that could be moulded into something good but a high quality finished product that is extremely entertaining and could happily grace any professional stage.

Running to 29 July 2011
© David Chadderton

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True. By Emma Rydal