ED2021 Theatre Reviews

Call Me Elizabeth (Kayla Boye)

By | Published on Wednesday 11 August 2021

‘Call Me Elizabeth’ is inspired by real-life conversations between Elizabeth Taylor and writer Max Lerneras, as they discuss plans for a biography. Set in May 1961, the performance is an illuminating insight into what was arguably one of the most turbulent times in the icon’s life. The minimal physicality onstage initially feels a little monotonous, but the pace picks up and builds to make an intriguing and engaging monologue from the half-way point. It’s an impressive feat by director and dramaturg Erin Kraft, and an incredibly strong performance from writer, actor, producer Kayla Boye, who takes on the mammoth task of embodying Taylor and is captivating throughout. A brilliantly polished production, that is worth a watch regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Elizabeth Taylor.

Fringe Online – Fringe Player until 30 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bethan Highgate-Betts]