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Grace by Katie Reddin-Clancy (Katie Reddin-Clancy)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

The fringe is perfect for performances like ‘Grace’: it’s not quite theatre, or comedy, or circus, and is full of fascinating contradictions. Through a series of ‘talking heads’-style monologues, ‘Grace’ skirts the distinction between truth and illusion in a cleverly-written comedy cabaret. At once confusing and clear, it draws interesting comparisons between acting and gendered behaviour, with pointed commentaries about the drag and theatre industries. The writing is sharp and the acting good, but the strongest parts of the performance are where we get insight into the different characters’ psychologies. The script could be tightened, and Katie Reddin-Clancy could tone down her acting a little whilst still preserving the delicious, heightened circus style.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ela Portnoy]