My Sister's Lover
‘My Sister’s Lover’ is a short play, written and directed by Amy Mawer. The play follows the journey of Ruby and Rachel, two very different sisters, who experience completely different love lives. One is always lucky in love, whilst the other is always crying into a tub of ice cream and watching Dirty Dancing. However, one day the tables turn, and Ruby fears that Rachel isn’t revealing everything about her new relationship.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and once again Rachel has found herself a new man. Jealous and heartbroken, Ruby disapproves, and as time passes she fears that this mystery man is harming her sister. The class divide between the new couple is becoming problematic, his rich pompous mother hates her and is soon trying to set him up with another woman. Devastated, Rachel comes home upset, but Ruby can’t help but notice that her sister’s nose is bleeding. As Ruby urges Rachel to confide in her, the sisters grow further apart, and Ruby only makes situations worse. One day Ruby reveals that she has fallen in love with their best friend Sally, which causes a massive feud between the pair, and sends Rachel packing to her lover. Missing, Ruby begins to worry what has become of her sister, and goes to visit the mystery man’s house. His mum answers the door, only to reveal that her son shouldn’t be anywhere near Rachel, after she abused him. In shock and disbelief, Ruby and Sally send out a search party and call the police, only to find the story plastered all over the papers months later.
“They found the body in a tiny cabin, in the middle of this forest, up north. The body was sat upright on the bed, stone cold as if it had been held in that position for days. Like they had been sat side by side, one arm around the other. A purple line running around his limp neck, his heavy head resting on her shoulder, and there she still was, just sat there, smiling.”
‘My Sister’s Lover’ is Amy’s modern day adaptation of the poem ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ by Robert Browning, a poem that explores a man’s obsession for a woman that he can never have, to the point where he strangles her with her own hair to be with her forever. Amy found the lack of identity interesting within the poem, and so chose to keep the male character as this nameless puppet, controlled by the female cast members. To create controversy during this #MeToo movement, Amy wanted to show the capabilities of women, by flipping the original story line on its head, and making the man the victim of this play. Amy leads the audience into thinking that Rachel is our stereotypical victim, only to find out that her wounds are simply his retaliation, and that she is in fact the killer. This take on the poem was influenced by Alex Skeel, a man who was recently on the news, for coming out about his abusive girlfriend who nearly killed him. A man, who luckily manged to save his life by speaking out, unlike our mystery man in the play, who follows the tragic ending of ‘Porphyria’s Lover’.
Emily Bone and Roo Beeson
Rebekah Wotton, Maddie Williams, Ellie Fitter and Mia Denny
first performed on Wednesday 27th march 2019 at the showroom, Chichester