Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre is running My Name Is Rachel Corrie through March 20. Both the production and the staring actress, Mairi Phillips, are receiving excellent reviews.
Joyce McMillan writes in The Scotsman:
The up-close exuberance of these early scenes makes it all the more difficult to watch the disappointment and despair which begin to overtake Rachel in Gaza, and in the end tears are hard to avoid. But so, too, are the fierce questions Rachel was asking in her last days: about why we tolerate such terrible and unnecessary suffering in our world, every day, and what we are prepared to do about it.
And in The Guardian, Mark Fisher says:
Mairi Phillips’s exemplary performance brings to mind the recent research that suggests a link between political activism and happiness. Her youthful fervour is earnest but never foolish and she displays the ironic humour Americans are supposed to lack. Her expertly modulated performance goes from brazen to righteous to distressed, evoking Corrie’s spirit with tremendous honesty.
Ros Phillips, who directed this production, talks about her perspective on Rachel’s story.
Mairi Phillips discusses playing Rachel.
Here are rehearsal and production photos.