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Girls have the power to chill.

Byline: Jessica Mangold

What: Ladychill

Where: Arc, Stockton

When: Until tonight

Verdict: Brave attempt to tackle urban culture

Power, pride, protection and partnership. That is the motto of the Ladies - a group of girls who confront everyone in their path, including the audience, from the opening of moments of Lady Chill...

The play sets out to show the lives of this girl gang, warring with other groups and sometimes each other on their fiercely protected streets.

Disaffection with their home lives means the Ladies put their gang before everything else and when one of the girls is viciously attacked by a rival, there are alarming results. Lady Chill... tackles a range of harrowing themes, from drug abuse, to rape and suicide.

Director Clare Maxwell uses on-stage televisions to help guide the audience through the intricate storyline.

The cast of 16 to 18-year-olds are well choreo- graphed with a brilliant mixture of dance and physical theatre to create fight scenes and dream-like sequences.

Lady Chill... sets out to look at rising violent crime among women and proves girl power is more than a pop cliche.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2004
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