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In November 2003, Anna performed in a stage play called Lorilei: A Meditation on Loss in Australia. A very kind fan (thank you, Antonin!) forwarded me a .pdf file containing reviews of that play. The play is about a mother, Lorilei Guillory, whose six-year-old son was murdered by a pedophile. Lorilei speaks to the audience and later to the killer about her pain and loss. Anna's performance was highly lauded as noted in the following excerpts from the reviews. I've only excerpted as I'm unsure about reproducing the entire articles here.
From The Sunday Age, 11/2/03, by Bill Perrett:
"...Lorilei is staged with sparse simplicility, a cheap kitchen table, some chairs, and a glass of water. It relies on a remarkable and accomplished performance from Anna Galvin, who plays Guillory with restraint, intensity, and conviction.... Lorilei deserves to be seen by many. Its compelling script and a moving performance makes it one of the better productions of this year."
From The Age, 11/3/03, by Helen Thomson:
"Lorilei: A Meditation on Loss is a companion work to Tom Wright's 2001 death-row monologue, This is a True Story, but stands alone as a magnificent performance in the hands of Anna Galvin. It was a tribute to her acting and to Wright's powerful script that the audience barely seemed to breathe during the performance.... Lorilei sits alone and her words are drawn from an interview she gave to a BBC film crew. Galvin reproduces her South Carolina voice, its plaintive cadences and simple vocabulary emphasising her powerlessness. Yet she emphasises that hers is not the story of a victim -- that is her son's story -- although she was not always strong. Galvin's is a disarmingly simple performance with an engrossing subtlely, and also most powerfully convinces us that she speaks the truth, not simply of events, but of the heart that speaks it. Her conviction that it is wrong to judicially murder even those who have themselves murdered is so strong that it needs no justification or argument. Revenge, she suggests, would make a murderer of her son.... It is extremely moving, but also uplifting despite its harrowing aspects, and certainly one of the most impressive acting performances of the year. Let's hope expatriate Galvin finds reason to stay in her home town."
From Herald Sun, 11/4/03, by Kate Herbert:
"Myriad elements make this piece unique and important, not least the consummate performance of Anna Galvin as Lorilei.... Galvin is luminous in anguish as she unveils the noble, fragile heart of Lorilei.... In an almost Brechtian style, Galvin reaches us emotionally but compels us to think, educating us about the human rights issue while telling us her personal story.... The simplicity of this production and its pure theatricality make it riveting theatre."