Under My Thumb

An incredible and immersive play about six women imprisoned for supposed crimes against society, read: victim blaming.

Under My Thumb

In a dystopian world, where women are imprisoned because they rebel against sexual and verbal harassment, the audience witnesses the trauma and struggles of six women imprisoned in jail. In an excruciating climax that brings from what seems a bearable situation to a critical point, we explore the contrasting personalities of the women fighting and compromising for freedom.

Every character carries in every move her own back story. Past traumas are unveiled, when, exhausted by the bullying within their group, the girls lose their social masks. The dynamics between the six women pushed to the extreme by the context feel extremely real and we are captivated by the story on stage.

In a tense atmosphere of fighting for survival and friendship, we are violently dragged in this turmoil of emotions. Alternating the moments of tension, the play introduces videos of the interrogation of the characters. In this way, the rhythm of the play slows down, while providing insights and flashback on the reasons why they were imprisoned.

It is a very well-staged and poignant critique on victim blaming culture. The stories make you shiver but they are also relatable to everyday sexism and harassment. No words were needed to understand the power dynamics within the group: the posture, the walk or a side eye were enough to hit hard, even more than fists.

It is not exactly the play you would say you enjoyed, but it shakes you deeply. In this sense, the goal is not to make you laugh or going out with a sunny disposition, but it pushes you out of the comfort zone and provokes the audience. Incredible and powerful play that highly deserves to be seen!

For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.


Elena Losavio

Elena Losavio Voice Reporter

Elena is a recent Master's graduate in English Studies. She writes about theatre, film and contemporary art. She is specialised in women's roles within media and the arts, and she creates A View from the Other Side, a monthly column on this topic. She occasionally writes short stories about her wanderings in Asia and never says no to new adventures.

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