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Thank You For Staring (Patrice Gerideau)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Patrice Gerideau has vitiligo, a skin disorder which she once feared would take her African-American identity, as well as her pigment. This candid piece of solo theatre lays bare not only Gerideau’s struggles with her condition, but also puts a stark spotlight on how all of us judge at skin level. As she tells her story through years of family distance, relationships-gone-rotten and some rather frank arguments with God, the material occasionally feels repetitive, but builds towards a powerful ending. The title is not a sarcastic retort to those who point in the street, nor is it a mere pun. Gerideau means it in the most genuine way possible, thanking each one of us for looking and listening, on her own terms this time.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 10 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Laura Gavin]