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Electrolyte (Wildcard)

By | Published on Sunday 19 August 2018

Encompassing spoken word, live music and drama, ‘Electrolyte’ rides in on the new wave of gig theatre. Largely in her own words, it tells the story of a troubled young artist from Leeds who journeys south to meet up with her estranged mother. Olivia Sweeney’s Jessie, ably supported by a vibrant group of actor-musicians, is compelling to watch, whether she’s whirling, rhyming, rapping or riffing, and Maimuna Memon’s original electronica-filled score gives the piece a sharp, contemporary edge. ‘Electrolyte’ resonated powerfully with its young audience, many of whom were in tears by the end of the show. The spontaneous standing ovation writes it own review.

Pleasance Dome, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Geoff Mills]