Those of you who have no knowledge of Caryl Churchill's fairy tale for grownups may wonder, after the first five minutes, what the hell is this all about? Completely understandable. Fear not. There is a narrative. The opening is a joyful play on language, folklore and word association. It is merely the Skriker (an ancient fairy) enjoying introducing themselves to us. They then go on to pursue two young women... manipulating, befriending and betraying.
The Skriker appears in many different forms - young, old, smart, decorative and derelict. The Skriker plays on the weaknesses and strengths of the two young women. This is a fantastical story about folklore, love, motherhood and mental frailties - the latter of which the Skriker plays on the most.
An immensely challenging show to work on and it wouldn't have been realised if it weren't for the fabulous ensemble work which is at the heart of the ethos of Castaway.
- David Blumfield, April 2013.