ED2014 Theatre ED2014 Three To See ED2014 Week0 Edition

Three To See 2014: Storytelling theatre shows

By | Published on Monday 28 July 2014

Sophie Wu

It’s ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses with three more theatre shows to tip. This lot feature great performers with interesting stories to tell.

Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like She’s Dead (pictured)
Sophie Wu may be known to audiences of Channel 4’s ‘Fresh Meat’ and other film/TV appearances, but that’s not the reason I selected this show for inclusion here. Nor was I attracted by the attention-seeking title of the show. I’d in fact heard tell on the grapevine that she’s pretty good at live performance. And, according to the Fringe Programme she “rises magnanimously above taking petty revenge for her teenage humiliations, in her well-balanced, light and sane debut show”. I like sane, I like light, I like well-balanced. Let’s hope she makes good on the promise.
Wee Red Bar, from 2 Aug until 24 Aug. Tickets here.

Running Into Me
Selected for the inaugural A Series Of One festival at La Mama in New York, this one woman show has already been called “Raw, intense and thought-provoking”. Vickie Tanner tells the story of her upbringing in a poor urban US neighbourhood, surrounded by drug and prison culture, and her struggle to defy the odds, escape, and succeed. I get the sense that maybe there’s a bit of a twist here, somehow – it was the words “it’s the best kind of story: one you think you can predict, but can’t” that did it. In any case, this looks good.
Underbelly, from 31 Jul until 24 Aug. Tickets here.

Talk About Something You Like
Byron Vincent is a poetry/spoken word/storytelling type, who you’ll find appearing on Radio 4, Channel 4, BBC, and at various UK festivals, literary and otherwise. This is the unflinching and honest account of his own struggle with bi-polar disorder, in which he tells the story of a summer spent in a psychiatric unit, analyses psychiatric practice of the past and present, and challenges the authority of the medical establishment and pharmaceutical industry. Sounds clever, important, and intense.
Pleasance Courtyard, from 30 Jul until 24 Aug. Tickets here.

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