‘Piss on Pity’ exclaims the t-shirt of Butch as he pretties his face. Three disabled drag queens are putting on a theatrical production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. The classic thriller horror film about a faded film star keeping her paraplegic sister trapped in a castle. We are invited backstage as they get ready for their performance, now in front of a London producer reviving hopes of a big break. As well as familiar rumination of fading glory in advancing age the threat of cruelty in the film hovers constantly above this play providing a tension about saying things in an environment where seemingly nothing is off limits. ‘Crip’ is liberally used, characters referred to as ‘the big homo from Soho’ and you can also learn the British Sign Language action for ‘up the arse’. You’ll know it when you see it.Read More
“Dance in All Its Glory” is how the TUTU men are pitching their Fringe performance and glorious it is. It is also joyful and funny and beyond energetic. Tutus and tulle do feature heavily, and it transpires that they are a surprisingly versatile materials. You can go classic (with briefs) or down to the ankles in frills to create an almost bear like lower half, or even put it on your head to become a fruit of some kind.Read More
Eerie noises from The Tale of the Cockatrice greet us as we wander in to Venue 13 at the Fringe. Without warning, the eponymous Cockatrice emerges from the dark and gives us all a fright, a fitting start to this tale of mystery and fear.Read More
Woke is the story of Ambrosia Rollins, a young African American woman who goes to attend college in St Louis the week that 17-year-old Mike Brown was shot and killed by white officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis. This solo performance by the luminous Apphia Campbell weaves together the events in Ferguson as viewed by the naïve Ambrosia and the story of the now-notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur who was convicted for the killing of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1977.Read More
Thursday took me to a black box theatre at the Tron to see a preview of a new production from Amy Conway called Super Awesome World, described as ‘a brand new autobiographical show about video games that invites the audience to join Amy Conway as allies in her fight against depression’.Read More
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