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So What If I Dance? (Dragon Literature)

By | Published on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Most of us probably think we know the deal when it comes to strip clubs (even if we’ve never set foot inside one), which is why this frank, unapologetic monologue stands out as a mesmerising piece of theatre. This supremely confident solo performance by actress Chipo Kureya tells a dancer’s side of the story, relaying comic statistics about the industry and voicing her anger at public preconceptions. As she’s winding her body around a chair within inches of us, asking audience members if they’ve ever watched porn, it’s a confrontational experience. But of course, that’s the whole point: here’s an intelligent, informed and powerful woman, who sees what she does as just another job and challenges us to judge her otherwise. Unforgettable stuff.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 17 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Laura Gavin]