Review: A Prayer for Wings, at King’s Head Theatre
15 November, 2019 — By Ezreen Benissan
Alis Wyn Davies in A Prayer for Wings. Photo: Ali Wright
SET in an abandoned church in Swansea, A Prayer for Wings explores the relationship between a mother suffering with multiple sclerosis and her 20-year-old daughter.
Llinos Daniel as Mam and Alis Wyn Davies as Rita are an excellent duo, working harmoniously to conjure both heartache and laughter.
Davies excellently portrays Rita’s internal conflict and desire to explore life as a young woman versus her monotonous daily routine as a carer, minder and daughter.
Written 35 years ago by Sean Mathias, who is an award-winning director, he does well to create nuanced and multi-dimensional characters that efficiently bring this play to life.
Produced by Bill Kenwright, Swansea Grand Theatre and Alex Turner, this revival of A Prayer for Wings provides a dynamic and political insight into family life.
Watching the duo’s intimate relationship unfold provides insight into how the role of a child can suddenly morph into that of a carer, and the implications that may have over time.
This is an important and frank watch for those who have, or want, insight into caring for a loved one.
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