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Absolutely Amazing Adventures Of The Singing Acupuncturist (Diamond Wave Productions/Laughing Horse Free Festival)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

It’s hard to summarise this show as anything other than the visceral desperation of a woman extolling the virtues of following your dreams to an empty room. The strange patchwork of cabaret songs and characters is intended to depict an acupuncturist’s ascent to fame; however, the storyline often teeters way too close to the actual, which is not a successful picture. At one point, disparaging voices boom over the loudspeaker shrieking, “You don’t have a beautiful voice! You’ll never amount to anything!” And rather than feel solidarity with her ruthless determination to succeed, I felt horribly inclined to agree with them. At times she seemed to be a charismatic actress, but the irony was hauntingly horrible. Distinctly uncomfortable.

Laughing Horse at The Newsroom, 4 – 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 18.30 (19.30), free, fpp224.
tw rating 1/5