Written by Fiona Samuel, Face Value was a trilogy of monologues by three women with different stories to tell but who all share a quest for inner happiness. Ginette McDonald plays Steph, the pampered wife of a wealthy advertising executive in Her New Life. The action centres on Steph’s preparations for a friend’s daughter’s wedding while her husband is away on a business trip. The script cleverly subverts viewer expectations; and McDonald's performance delivers a fair dose of pathos from it. Her New Life was a finalist at the Banff and New York TV Festivals.
Monologues they may technically be, but in Samuel's hands they come alive as fully-fledged plays, each as refractive and diverse as a drama with several characters.– Denis Welch on Face Value, The Listener, 6 May 1995, page 28
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