Henry Naylor’s Angel presents a powerful story of a world which has somewhat become white noise to the West. Starring the hugely talented Filipa Bragança, Angel follows Rehana, the Angel of Kobane, a female sniper who claimed the lives of 100 ISIS militants.
Despite conflicting reports on the facts of the real Rehana, this production renders any debate insignificant. What is portrayed to the audience is a rare insight into a war we hear so much about, yet see so little.
With the simplest of sets, the story being told is a compelling, thought-provoking, symbolic piece of theatre. Instances of clever wit and western references help us to relate to this scared yet brave young warrior, while Bragança’s narrative skill has the audience enthralled from beginning to end.
An important work, which once more makes relevant an ongoing and tragic conflict.
Words: Paul Hyland
Picture: Rosalind Furlong
Angel by Henry Naylor, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 4-29 (not 17), 4:30pm