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Pentimento (Denise Stephenson)

By | Published on Sunday 10 August 2014

‘Pentimento’ is a one woman show about the decline in health and ultimate death of the performer’s mother. A sad but ultimately moving and uplifting story, this piece is accessible but not lovable. Denise Stephenson impersonates her mother with evident love, admiration and respect, however, it feels more like a drama therapy session than a show in its own right. The audience is left feeling that they have been moved incidentally, and that the performer is mainly serving her own interests rather than seeking to entertain. With a very well-told and compelling narration, this show is written and performed excellently, but it lacks any real points of connection with the audience.

Gilded Balloon, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Vicki Baron]