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Snippets from reviews of Tanya's last performance as Shen Te in 'The Good Person of Sichuan' at the Mercury Theatre Colchester:
But this would all be little without a superb performance, technically accomplished and humanly piercing, from Tanya Franks. After a momentary glimpse of her as a seductive door-framed prostitute, Shen Te’s economic desperation becomes clear as Franks provides a low-key style of speech admirably suited to her vulnerable goodness in a grasping society. The performance also helps Foster’s production show the necessity for her invention of brutal cousin Shui Ta. Wrapped in male suit and hat, voice deepening, and also losing the variety of tone in Shen Te’s human responses to people, Shui Ta is a rough-toned speaker, not only suppressing Shen Te’s identity but creating an unresponsive roughness calling the bluff of every specious plea. A notable performance in an outstanding show of this autumn’s English theatre season.
WHAT'S ON STAGE ****
As the central character, the prostitute Shen Te, Tanya Franks gives an excellent performance as the woman who offers hospitality to three visiting gods... She's equally good as the tough male cousin Shui Ta, invented by Shen Te as her protector. Read more »