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Going Dark! (Beth Vyse / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Saturday 24 August 2013

‘Going Dark!’ is definitely one of the weirder things you’ll see this year. A one-woman show detailing the rise and fall of Betsy Lynn (sister to Vera Lynn and… Vio Lynn) through fame, a sex change and her tv appearance with ITV9s [sic] Jane McDonald. Beth Vyse plays all her own characters, apart from when she engages in a little enforced audience participation, and if the idea of quite a lot of discussion of feminine hygiene makes you nervous then you’re in for an uncomfortable hour; it’s generally not for the faint hearted because it’s incredibly crude and unfathomably odd. The explanation of the sex change process is hilarious, and pisses all over science, although ultimately ‘Going Dark!’ is smarter than it seems. Left me a little bit stunned, but then, it is a stunningly lewd show.

The Banshee Labyrinth, until 24 Aug, 4.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Elizabeth Jewell]