Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 12/12/16 10:29 am
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May I start by saying I find this episode quite disturbing to relisten to so that I can write this review… The subject matters mentioned are really quite unpleasant and presented in an ‘unvarnished’ way.
Servalan is being interviewed by a reporter Cullen. He has questions about the fact that little is known about Servalan’s past history. He is interested in 3 things: her father, who was a member of the High Council. She learned to protect herself from an early age.
Her family tried to live off her hard work and reputation, leading her to a harsh decision and furthering her hardness towards humanity. An early love affair led to a pregnancy, Family antagonism leads to the loss of the baby.
Servalan is very open and confiding, and the story she tells is difficult to hear, and telling about her behaviour as an adult. Her past life has been quite complicated, and involved quite a lot of threat from family and circumstances. Although she is very open, she does not really want the tales told publicly – she uses a very menacing, unpleasant way to control what Cullen is prepared to print. The end is quite, quite chilling.
The music is unobtrusive, the sound effects just right. The writing ….it is well written, though disturbing.
The acting is as always superb. Jacqueline Pearce brings a sense of menace, intermingled with episodes of candour. Joseph Kloska is a good foil, the reporter digging for the truth, in the face of personal danger. And when he confronts the truth of what she is prepared to do - it is chilling in the extreme.
Throughout the series of Audio plays, Servalan is shown harder and harder, and more viscious, she is actually a cold, calculating bitch. Even knowing part of her past she is a difficult, dangerous woman. The characterisation is very good between writer and actor.
Thank you for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson -m who won't want to listen to this one again very soon.