Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? Director Angie Le Mar hits the nail on the head with the accurate language and portrayal of urban teenagers in her play that looks at sex, friendship, absent fathers and overbearing mothers showcasing what happens when communications breakdown between a mother and her daughter.
Centred on Carla, who is at college and approaching her 18th birthday and her friends. Although entertaining to a certain degree some of the characters felt formulaic with the overly geeky Teresa, and the promiscuous (skanky) Nikki but has useful sentiments regarding adolescence and the turbulent upbringing that some endure.
Carla is the middle of the road type girl who faces the consequence of peer pressure regardless of the efforts of her protective mother, which in turn leads her to push her mother away and listen to her friends instead. Yvette is the confident, strong, sassy and street smart character who stands up to the antagonistic bully Nikki in order to protect her friends – although it never came to blows.
Le Mar attempted to fit a lot into the hour and a half showing and the enthusiastically acted play was received well by the audience. Mothers reacted in a knowing way to the events that unfolded. However, I felt that the play did end rather abruptly as if Nikki had now learnt from her mistakes and that life goes on.
Anyone can recognise that it is well-intended with its meaning and has a handful of domestic drama, and some playfulness that will leave you entertained.
Words by Taiwo Gomez