A promising beginning to the New Theatre season, Iron is an absorbing production whose cast never put a foot wrong.
Within the claustrophobic confines of the prison visitors’ room a difficult reunion takes place between an inmate mother and the estranged daughter whose father she murdered fifteen years before. Michelle Ghatan’s Fay is absolutely compelling: a nervy prisoner riddled with demons, but whose underlying liveliness and humanity remind us of the woman she once was. While Fay strains to hold memory at bay in search of peace, her daughter is haunted by the past she cannot remember and the insubstantial nature of her drifting life. They are bonded by mutual need: Fay by a hunger for a vicarious life of youth and pleasure, her daughter by a need to make sense of her father’s murder. But with such expectations, can they truly save each other? Will unearthing the past begin the healing process or simply open old wounds?
Framing the story are the prison guards, whose own commentary on the action shades our view of the characters, as well as interestingly counter-pointing the action with their own stories. With wonderful performances and a thoughtful story, this play cannot fail to hold you with a grip of iron.