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North Star (What I Listened To Instead Of My Intuition) (Lori Hamilton)

By | Published on Thursday 11 August 2022

Hamilton only wants to be “good”, as this dramatic account of life choices made in the shadow of childhood emotional abuse will show. She has a lot to tell, and appears rushed to do so. She builds and rebuilds a pile of suitcases (carrying her baggage?) to set up scenes, punctuates the story with several songs she has also written, bringing showtime to contrast with moving operatic arias, quotes from self-help books and even steps out of character to inform about the effects of psychological trauma. Enough, it’s all too much in one hour. Hamilton’s story is one to share, her creative talent is not in doubt. But by the time resolution comes one is ready for open space and air.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 13 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Catherine Meek]