Nov 25 2008
Catherine Eaton sold out Carnegie Hall with her one woman show, Corsetless. Written by and starring Eaton, it tells the story of Olivia, a woman confined to a psychiatric ward. She’s been locked up there since the death of her grandfather, who was her sole guardian. Olivia chooses to speak only in Shakespearean text. Her doctor, who has known her since childhood, had her committed. Olivia wages a linguistic battle against the doctor and the medical team she believes is holding her in isolation, arguing that it’s her decision to take on this acquired language, that it’s a reasonable choice. Relaying a tale of mental illness through the use of Shakespeare’s text is an impressive project and one which has really piqued my interest.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday 26th November, Eaton brings her show to Greystones for one night only. I love Shakespeare and I’m fascinated to see how his text will be used to tell this story, so I’ll be heading down to see it. Anyone like to join me?