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Clare Ferguson-Walker’s California Scheming

By | Published on Sunday 16 August 2015

Clare Ferguson Walker

With only a toe dipped in poetry, Clare Ferguson-Walker’s spoken word set about a family trip to California is mostly very high prose which happens to rhyme. It follows the mother of a nuclear family on the fringes of the middle class bubble, and it was interesting to see her ‘normal’ life clash with the personae of excess and perfection found in Los Angeles, as well as heart-warming to see her find her feet later on in the show. Its simple premise worked well, though sometimes it spilled over into verbosity; yet at its best ‘California Scheming’ felt so honest in its simple message that, in comparison to fake and gaudy America, an hour with Ferguson-Walker felt refreshingly real.

The Stafford Centre, George Next Door, until 18 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Robert Stevens]