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Caryatid Unplugged (Evi Stamatiou)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Evi Stamatiou’s one-woman, charmingly low-budget show was a bizarre experience. She attempted to combine physical clowning with a serious political narrative, detailing immigration in and out of her native Greece. Playing all her own characters, some dialogues worked better than others; some were extremely witty and effective, while some felt contrived and over-acted. She was unafraid, though, to address the paradoxes of the British immigration system and the darker underworlds of smuggling and human trafficking. Yet, the show’s primary aim was to amuse, and so is never short of characters played with hammed up ‘funny voices’ and a fair measure of song and dance. Stamatiou gives a glimpse into Greece’s artistic and economic traditions, which is an original idea, but was held back by the one-woman format.

Hill Street Theatre, until 25 Aug, 9.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Elizabeth Jewell]