‘Deer’s cry, real deer tears.’ Deer Woman opens with a crack of a can and the words ‘Hey, I’m back, and I brought what I promised.’. A promise that we will all leave asking ourselves how far we would go for family. Cherish Violet Blood takes us on the journey of solo-warrior Lila; a proud Blackfoot woman, who’s sister is just one of the thousands of Indigenous women that are believed to have gone missing, or been killed in Canada the past thirty years.
A powerfull and righteous story of vengeance is displayed before the audience, cleverly enhanced by the live feed of Lila with two large close ups of her face. This effectively means there is no escaping, nor ignoring her message, whilst the echo of the missing women haunt her words. Though Tara Beagan’s monologue has real moments of vulnerability, one is left with the feeling of an unattained emotional high. This is captured in one of Lila’s lines that describes the feeling of wanting to cry, like an anticipated sneeze, like it is going to happen but never does.