ED2011 5/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Donna Disco (Chicken Pox Fox and Live Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 19 August 2011

Donna is an overweight eccentric fourteen-year-old who suffers from bullying at school and an uncaring mother at home. As part of a school project, she befriends Stewart, the tenant from the flat downstairs, and discovers she is not the only person who feels alone. This show is a tour de force of writing, acting and directing. Lee Mattinson’s beautifully crafted script creates a world of intricately drawn and believable characters. Paula Penman gives a virtuoso performance as Donna (and all the other characters), perfectly pitched between caricature and realism, effortlessly drawing the audience into this funny and heartbreaking story. It is rare to see a show of such delicate beauty. See it now before it starts selling out.

Hill Street Theatre, 6 – 29 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 5.15pm (6.15pm), £7.50 – £9.00, fpp 257.
tw rating 5/5