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Manuelita (Popelei Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

As the audience is serenaded to their seats by guitarist Camila Menjura, it is clear that Tamsin Clarke’s show based on the life of Manuela Saenz, is going to be something special. This is a hilarious, moving, tragic and heart-warming piece of theatre that chronicles the life of a largely unknown historic figure and lover of South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar. Clarke gives a passionate portrayal of this fiery character, worthy of such an interesting and complex woman. The strong musical accompaniment helps shape the show into a focused narrative and allows the performance to jump from one emotional extreme to another. The charisma and charm of Clarke brings this piece to life, definitely one not to be missed.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 24th Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [James McColl]