Less is more, and Lowri Amies proves it. Words, Words, Words is a scream of despair; it is a brutally honest one-hour sharing; it is an act of courage and kindness.
It is a one-woman show in which Amies allows the audience to witness a deep debate she has with herself about loss. About losing her mother two years ago. About all the stages she went through. About the past and the future. About how this event changed her life, her condition as an actress and her relation with words.
All of this may sound truly cheesy – it is not.
The secret ingredient that keeps this show form being an exaggerated therapeutic and pointless whimper is exactly the words. The creator manages to combine extracts from some of the most famous Shakespeare’s speeches with her own text. Shakespeare suddenly makes sense in this new context. The transitions between the “words” are carefully thought and there is a huge respect for Shakespeare’s patrimony. These speeches are there exactly because Amies’ words are not enough to describe some moments, and it is easier to speak someone else’s lines.
Seven little book-shaped boxes, a chair and some curious personal objects are the only elements sharing the stage with Amies. The boxes represent the seven stages of grief and inside each of them there is a delicious prop that conducts a story related to the actress’s past or family.
The acting is thrilling, very honest and clear. Lowri wears no make-up and her costume is a cosy pink shirt and casual jeans, so it feels like you are in her living room just listening to the story of her life. The intimacy is remarkable. There is a lot of space left for the audience to imagine and to draw their own versions of the characters mentioned. Lowri is, obviously, reliving many emotional episodes of her life but by no means does she try to drag the audience into it, not playing the role of a victim. There is space left for funny and light moments and for references like Disney Movies, famous actors or rugby players.
A hard testimony to the condition of actors and artists in general is also introduced. The fact that theatre requires a lot of commitment, and therefore actors are not available to spend as much time with their families as they wish, is something that will make you think.
Words, Words, Words is playing at the Leicester Square Theatre until 21 May. For more information and tickets, see the Leicester Square Theatre website. Photo: Lowri Amies