ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Cabaret Reviews

Mind Games (Jo Loth / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

The honest and frank inspiration of female experience of depression makes for a brave piece of cabaret. Jo discusses her own memories  whilst telling fragments of stories about other women’s struggles with depression, and relishes performing her Austrian alter-ego, who voices social prejudice towards mental illness. The show confronts stigma – with Jo’s frank admission that her mother does not like the fact that she is doing the show –  but you’re meant to laugh, and the leading lady’s forthright manner about her material dispels the potential for bringing about feelings of discomfort amongst the audience. Cabaret has long been a site of cultural transgression, and Jo’s delivery about difficult topics such as rape and abortion use the medium to its best.

Fingers Piano Bar, 6 – 20th (not 8, 15), 3.10pm (4.10pm), free, fpp n/a.
tw rating 4/5