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Beautiful Nothing (Suffragette Theatre Company)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2022

This one-woman show illustrates the stifling claustrophobia of fame, as Aanya navigates a perverted world that attempts to sexualise and control her. Bhav Amar expertly depicts Aanya’s tough exterior which is fleetingly broken through moments of vulnerability. The action is punctuated with incessant text sounds and knocking as her private space is intrusively contaminated by the outside world. Em Oliver’s writing blends many literary mediums from naturalistic theatre, to rap, rhyme and fairy-tale clichés as Aanya envisions herself as a modern-day Rapunzel, locked within her hotel room and stripped of her identity. At times, authenticity was lost as Amar lacked variety in tone and delivery but her expert ability to communicate Aanya’s contradictory naivety and maturity must be recognised.

theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, run ended.
tw rating 4/5 | [Juliette Willis]