I first saw this play as an A-Level performance in my school, going to see the performance as a way of deciding if i should do drama or not. This play persuaded me completly. If I'd had any doubt...then this swashed it. Completly. The way of this entire play was amazing, it was written sensitivly, but Olwen Wymark is determined not to molly-coddle the audience or performers. You're either there to observe this true story or you're there to re-enact it and teach others. Each way is hard, and trying on each individual. There were times I cried when trying to perform this, realising just how misunderstood she was, or still is, and were unable to be Verity I. If you're after a nice about happiness and friendships, you're in the wrong place. it's strong-willed and determined to show up the social services and mental health systems of its time. Six years for setting light to a chair? Now days you wouldn't even get an ASBO.
I reccomend you read it, feel it, love it, laugh, cry, frown, get angry...whatever it is you do. Admire it. And admire the author. And feel for Verity.