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But Fish may be the most damaged of them all: Her involvement in the Union began with her relationship with another member; when he leaves her to marry another woman, Fish's behaviour becomes stalkerish. Olivia Poulet is very good as ever, with the other women also giving strong performances - although Scott's somewhat monotonous drawl make it hard for me to like Dusa, she does do rather well with the character's frequent, violent changes of mood depending on the latest news about her children. Johnson meanwhile makes Vi fragile but with a sometimes vicious bite, and Dobbs' Stas is overtly sexual (complete with getting herout) but not as remote and uncaring as Dusa takes her for.
Katie Bellman's set evokes the 1970s in all their brown, orange and lime green horror, and also makes the surprisingly rare choice to use the Finborough's real window to bring some natural light to daytime scenes. Whether it's the script itself, Helen Eastman's production, the fact that it's still early in its run - or most likely a combination of all three - there's something about the pacing that's a bit off. Most scenes just sort of stop and fade away, and although by the end there's an overall picture of the arcs these women's stories have taken, while watching them take place I was never entirely drawn in.
As a piece of feminist writing Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi still packs a punch in its picture of the various other problems women have to juggle with any fight for equality; as a piece of drama I didn't feel it had aged as well.
Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi by Pam Gems is booking until the 3rd of August at the Finborough Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes including interval.