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Kit Finnie: Mabel And Mickey (Kit Finnie)

By | Published on Saturday 25 August 2018

Kit Finnie’s debut solo show explores the complex life of the 1910s infamous movie star Mabel Normand and the murder case she was involved in. It’s beautifully written and skilfully executed, and Finnie portrays this confident character excellently, though Mabel’s instability and vulnerability mean we are also constantly questioning our compelling protagonist. There is a captivating intimacy about this piece: we see a window into her world through a series of monologues, primarily in the poignant police interviews. The unconventional chronology is punctuated by old-school projections, showing a dynamic visual narration of her life. However, the meta technique of stepping out of the character did tend to halt pacing and distract from the story. Nonetheless, I was captivated by this haunting exploration of a true story and left wanting to know more.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ella Dorman-Gajic]