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Black Cat: Bohemia @ Underbelly – Review

Pro’s: It’s so much more than cabaret and acrobats as each performer gives their character personality that draws the audience in even more. Con’s: As always at the Underbelly, the views can often be obscured without any banked seating. The beauty of live performance is that anything can happen. It be the same script every time, but there is always a difference here, an error there, or an accident can occur. When the show in question is Black Cat: Bohemia, a ...

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KillyMuck, Underbelly, Bristo Square (Jersey) – Review

Pros: A poignant statement from the silenced benefit class. Cons: The actor’s stage presence is unconvincing. In the closing scene of KillyMuck, the protagonist Niamh (Aoife Lennon) raises a board that displays two stylised drawings. Three men are depicted standing on equal sized boxes. However, due to their different heights, only two men are able to see over the wall. This is how equality works: providing equal resources to everyone, but ignoring the specifics of each individual. On the bottom half, ...

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Harpy, Underbelly, Cowgate (White Belly) – Review

Pros: The topic is relevant for a diverse audience. Cons: The venue might have been better suited to the intimate nature of this play. Old age is a scary beast. Scary for those who approach it – as it carries uncertainty – and scary for those who watch it from a distance, because it’s hard to understand. So is Birdie (Su Pollard) scary, because nobody wants to get close to her. They prefer to observe her from a distance, like ...

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3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle, Underbelly, Bristo Square (Jersey) – Review

Pros: A heartening celebration of sisterhood. Cons: Eating disorders are poorly understood conditions and I wish the play had delved  into it more. It is estimated that in the UK there are between 600,000 and 725,000 people affected by eating disorders, with anorexia having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, further complicated by its tendency to become chronic. When Alexandra was diagnosed with anorexia, at the age of 19, her sister Kate was only a teenager, being exactly ...

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Out – Underbelly @ Edinburgh Fringe – Review

Pros: Great music and sound, riveting movement, a lot of vitamin C Cons: More guidance about context before the show would have enhanced the experience. We filed into the space as two performers (one male, one female) danced beside each other to the kind of insistent Dancehall beat that tempts surreptitious chair-dancing. Both were dressed the same, in clothes that hid nothing: fishnet body stockings, matching trainers, tiny nipple shields. Naked equals. The atmosphere was intimate but inward-looking, devoid of ...

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The B*easts, Underbelly Cowgate – Review

Pros: Dolan holds the audience in the palm of her hand, with a monologue that never loses pace or relevance. Cons: The plot may be too far-fetched for more sceptical audience members. Monica Dolan confirms she is still one of Britain’s most versatile actors (best known for roles in Witness for the Prosecution, W1A and Appropriate Adult), but also shows her writing talent in this timely piece. Dolan takes on the self-written role of a psychotherapist tackling a high-profile case ...

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