My Name Is Rachel Corrie review – vivid testimony of a hyperactive activist

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Young Vic, London
Erin Doherty emerges as one of the year’s great discoveries with a stunning performance as the young American desperate to rectify the world’s injustices

Time changes things. This selection from the journals of Rachel Corrie – judiciously compiled by the late Alan Rickman and the Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner – was first seen in 2005. Then, the memory of its protagonist’s death was still fresh: she was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza two years earlier.

Today the story is not only less familiar but is the subject of protests from the Zionist Federation. Yet the play remains a deeply moving human document and is stunningly performed by Erin Doherty who – after this and her appearance in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Divide in Edinburgh – is one of the year’s great discoveries. Corrie emerges from the play as a rare human spirit combining a poetic sensitivity with a political conscience – as if Sylvia Plath had been crossed with Jane Fonda.

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