Under Her Skin is not fancy. It is just two brilliant women – Debs Newbold and Laurel Swift – telling a flippin’ good ancient sea tale about a woman that becomes a seal.
Newbold captivates you every step of the way as she narrates the pair’s fabulous new work, taking us on a journey from a quiet cove on Scotland’s north coast to rush hour in Whitechapel. It is a distinctly 21st century take on an ancient fable which is beautifully convincing, humorous and, in the end, deeply touching.
The work, directed by John Wright, played to an intimate audience at the Everyman Studio on Friday night, but this did not diminish Newbold and Swift’s performance. Swift plays the double bass masterfully to create the sound effects to accompany Newbold’s narration. She is as deft in her musical interpretation as Newbold is in her storytelling and together they share a wonderful rapport.
This is just a simple tale of a woman who is really a seal – but the whole story comes beautifully full circle in a way that can never fail to impress.