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'Going Through' review or 'Found in translation.'

Going Through, Estelle Savasta
Bush Theatre, 8th April 2019
Written for The Guardian 



Child migration might sound like a difficult subject, but this is a surprisingly calming and gently uplifting play. Going Through is about a deaf woman, Youmna, and her adopted daughter, Nour, who live in an unnamed but volatile country that Nour eventually leaves. Kirsten Hazel Smith has translated French playwright Estelle Savasta’s script with exquisite precision and the play is performed in English, as well as British Sign Language. This is a story that delights in language: its power, its variety and the rich sense of belonging it might bestow. Rajha Shakiry’s poetic set feels like a memory. Crumbled up white mountains and interlocking panels form a hazy backdrop to the story of Youmna (Nadia Nadarajah) and Nour (Charmaine Wombwell). As the two sign together – and Nadarajah and Wombwell sign with such openness of spirit – their words are projected against the set. They describe their tiny but much-l…

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