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A review of the drama "Bold Girls" by Rona Munro.

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In her drama "Bold Girls", Rona Munro has created a relevant and inspiring legacy of war-torn Northern Ireland. Her drama depicts the daily struggles and predicaments faced by four particular women, who seem to thrive on their fantasies and illusions all except Deirdre who is marked out as different from the drama's beginning: "Deirdre is not in this room, she's crouching on all fours on her own talking out of darkness in which only her face is visible." Introduced as a surreal and somewhat eerie character it is no surprise that Deirdre contrasts greatly with the three other women. It is her persistent search for the truth that polarises her from the others and causes her to be at odds with them as they shut out truth and cushion themselves with their idealistic dreams. This idea of fantasy versus reality is a main concern within the play, and it is through monologues and stage direction that we are allowed a deeper understanding of each character's situation and of the play's themes. A particular monologue of Deirdre's undoubtedly confirms that her search for truth will result in the hurt of others and possible confrontations and violent conflicts: "The lights change I need a knife a wee blade of my own...It was the knife he was talking about. ...read more.


longs to exploit the truth and become part of the family unit maintained by the three other women: "I'm wet, I'm cold. I want to get inside...I want to get inside. Can't keep me out." This monologue has quite a threatening undertone , it is as though Deirdre's isolation causes her distress. I believe also that the use of "wet" and "cold" highlight the harsh environment and the fact that Deirdre is unloved. I think all of these factors - isolation and the longing for truth - cause Deirdre to act as catalyst. In taking on this role, Deirdre threatens to destroy the fellow women's dreams. Her first act as catalyst is when she steals Cassie's money hence ruining her dream of escape and freedom. Deirdre makes obvious to the reader that Cassie's materialistic dream is false and unobtainable in a short, eerie monologue: "The whole town's a prison, smash chunks off the wall 'cause we're all in a prison." Cassie's dream of escape is obviously unrealistic and false and I believe Deidre's destruction of the dream validates this idea. Deirdre also appears to be in conflict with Nora, Cassie's mother, a she goes on to use her "wee blade of truth" to shed Nora's "shiny peach polyester" fabric and ultimately her ...read more.


The unveiling of the truth brings these two closer together allowing them to reconcile. The conclusion of the play suggests hope and optimism for the recovery of these women. They share in a special, ritual feeding of the birds, their relationship to emulate that of a mother and daughter: "Did you ever feed the birds, Deirdre? "No" "I like the common wee birds...you'd need to be something special to build a nest around the Falls. Someone should feed them." " Deirdre and Marie's conflict is resolved by Marie's embracing of the truth that she has for so long avoided. The central idea of "Bold Girls" of reality versus dreams is made obvious by the characters' actions, they cope by padding their harsh reality and cushioning themselves with fantasies and illusions. These qualities are instilled within the characters of the play, Marie, Cassie and Nora thrive on fantasies and dreams; whereas Deirdre lives for the truth. The opposing forces I feel cause the characters to be in conflict with each other. Their compromising situations and contrasting ideas about reality create friction between the opposing characters of Deirdre and Marie. Munro expertly uses stage direction, soliloquy and the opposing forces of truth and fantasy to make apparent the concerns of the text and to heighten my personal appreciation of their importance in these womens' lives. ...read more.

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