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Optimistic: Elizabeth Holmes (Sarah Deller)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2023

In the space of a year, medical technology company Theranos went from a $10 million valuation to widespread scepticism over falsified records. Sarah Deller condenses Theranos’ history into a one-woman show depicting Holmes at the heart of the storm. Deller has a lot of fun drawing from emails, interviews and texts between Holmes and Sunny Balwani (COO and Holmes’ then-lover) with a flair for Holmes’ determined self-involvement. All the while, Deller performs a constant cycle of preparing a desk, tidying it and putting it to one side. Her movements become frantic as she races through the company’s downfall. It’s an interesting character piece, though with so much to take in, people new to the Theranos scandal will be struggling to keep up with Deller.

ZOO Southside, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Jones]