Sarah Quick

Playwright: Actor: Director


Thanks For The Mammaries - Reviews

“Solid, well acted, often erotic, comic/dramatic vehicle from two superlative performers … very real and likeable characters.”           Colin Maclean – Edmonton Sun

“Clever, silly and downright good storytelling … 50 minutes with these ladies will give you goosebumps in all the right places.”           Treena Khan – Winnipeg Free Press

“a swirling and energetic and unique display of two British women … uproariously funny and painfully honest…”           Cameron Meler – Orlando Weekly

“Quick and Thornton have energy to spare and the kind of slick and practised delivery that gives this material added sharpness.”          Marc Horton – Edmonton Journal 

“Quick and Thornton are immediately engaging and watchable.”

                                                                              Janice Sawka – Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg

“transitions from funny to serious were as smooth as an Alberta highway.”

                                                                                                          Patrick Cable – Star Phoenix

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

****

It’s billed as “hormonal, horny and hot,” but don’t let that keep you from indulging in the pleasure of this show.This original play from England’s Sarah Quick and Letitia Thornton is clever, silly and downright good storytelling with a generous dose of word-play thrown in for good measure.The pair, last seen in Winnipeg in 1997’s moving Family Affairs, pull off another entertaining romp through the female psyche.Loud Andi (Quick) is a single gal tired of being single. “Maybe I’ll find the man of my dreams … or at least one I won’t have nightmares about,” she muses over the bottle.Andi’s mousy childhood friend Rachel (Thornton) is a housewife who suddenly woke up after 10 years and wanted a life of her own. Through monologue, choral verse, music and a witty back-and-forth dialogue, the two women prop each other up in the big bad world: You can’t trust a man, but you can always trust your friends.With minimal props and maximum British charm, Quick and Thornton pull the audience into their north England flat with their hilarious and sometimes tragic reflections on life with breasts.You may not always understand their accents or crazy slang, but 50 minutes with these ladies will give you goosebumps in all the right places.

SASKATOON STAR PHOENIX

****

Fringe veterans Sarah Quick and Letitia Thornton return to Saskatoon with an impressive play about the ups and downs of life with breasts that should appeal to both women (they have to live with the things) and men (they can’t live without the things).The play, written by its two performers, is a simple, straightforward tale of an encounter between two English women ten years after their days together as school chums.Quiet and inhibited Rachel (Thornton) is discovering life on her own without her husband Matt, whom she finally summoned up the courage to leave. Dating at 16, engaged at 17 and married at 18, she’s never known an adult life of her own, and she’s anxious to discover what is out there. However, she is carrying a lot of baggage on the trip.Andi (Quick) is extroverted and promiscuous; prone to indulging in a drink or two, she also indulges in the one-night stands that inevitably follow. She’s miserable, too, because she has never been able to settle down in a monogamous relationship. One wants independence, one wants true love; but if completely honest, they’re each looking for both.The first half of the play is a combination of monologues and poetry laden with charming British-isms, Rachel lamenting her uneventful sexual history and Andi lamenting her too-eventful history, with double entendres every other line or so.The second half of the play transforms into a more serious tone, as the two have their meeting and begin unwinding the stories of their lives since they were in school together.Remarkably, the two “halves” of the play are seamless, with the tone shifting effortlessly from the humour of numerous failed experiences to the quiet intimacy of each’s deepest hopes and fears.You won’t be able to quit laughing, but you’ll also leave Thanks for the Mammaries with a better understanding of the fair sex … and who can pass that up?

EDMONTON SUN

****

For these ladies, we give Thanks Thanks for the Mammaries is a celebration of being female. That doesn’t mean this is some harping feminist tract. It’s a solid, well-acted, often erotic, comic-dramatic vehicle from two superlative performers.Andi (Sarah Quick) and Rachel (Letitia Thornton) were friends. One night at a dance, Rachel connects with a man and, despite promises that she will not abandon Andi, goes off with him – for the night and for (supposedly) the rest of her life. Rachel gives her all to the relationship but over the years, she develops; he stays the same.He excludes her from all the important things in his life, wanting little more than to hang out with his drinking buddies.“My life is a complete and utter sham. I stood by him for many years,” she complains.Andi has been looking for love in all the wrong places. Always ready for a quick sexual fix, she beds every male that comes along. When Rachel leaves her husband, fate has her find a place to stay owned by her old friend and the two are reunited.This short summary does no justice to the subtlety, ribald humour and theatrical grace with which this involving piece of theatre is delivered. The two performers are fine actresses – they have been here before – most notably in Lysistrata. They create a gallery of Liverpudlian characters in the twinkle of an eye. The story the two tell is immediately accessible – these people may live in a society geographically a long way from here but they are recognizable and universal. By the time Thanks for the Mammaries is over, you have become so involved with the lives of these two very real and likeable characters, you being to hope they will find whatever it is they are looking for. In the meantime, they have discovered that just being a woman is quite enough, thank you.You go, girls.

SEE MAGAZINE

****

Thanks For The mammaries asks the question: how much of the society of men does a woman need? Old school friends Andi and Rachel, 12 years separated, have taken opposite forks on the treacherous road of romance. Rachel married young and Matt has consumed her. Sexually rapacious Andi is equally disillusioned with her myriad men yet believes deeply in the possibility of perfect love. In a series of stand-up monologues and well-knit poetic duets Sarah Quick and Letitia Thornton deliver a wildly funny, bright and refreshing take at a conundrum we all must solve.

COWICHAN NEWS

More than a mouthful may be a waste but insightful Fringe comedy Thanks For The Mammaries proves it’s what’s inside that counts.Andi (Sarah Quick) and long-lost friend Rachel (Letitia Thornton) provided a titillating tale about no-holds-barred dating in the millennium during Saturday’s Cowichan Theatre show.Using minimal props, witty songs and comical chatter, the two actresses show us that finding the right partner is almost as good as the trip.Despite her sexual adventures, well-endowed Andi is just as despondent about love’s let-downs as frustrated Rachel. In fact, Rachel would settle for a meaningful orgasm as a booby prize.But the two room-mates use courage and humour to gain their freedom from the agonizing treadmill of emotional fakery.Ultimately, Quick and Thornton tell us to milk life for all it’s worth.

ORLANDO WEEKLY

With a title like Thanks for the Mammaries, the final play I saw on opening weekend might have been as silly and pointless as Life After Elvis, except for a hilarious script and must-see performances by Sarah Quick and Letitia Thornton. Quick has created a swirling, energetic and unique display of two British women struggling with failed marriages, one-night stands and all the other complications of relationships and sex. It’s uproariously funny and painfully honest, and has moments of poetic beauty, when the two drift into rhyming verse to sum up their feelings at any given moment.“Maybe tonight I’ll find the man of my dreams, or at least one I can avoid having nightmares about.”