ED2022 2/5 Reviews ED2022 Theatre Reviews

Self Service (Anne Rabbitt)

By | Published on Thursday 18 August 2022

The Fringe is full of excellent one-person shows, but for me this one sadly did not match the high standard. ‘Self Service’ has the promising and interesting premise of comparing being over sixty to being an old car getting an MOT, and while the idea is there, everything felt a bit like it’s still in the early stages. There seemed to be a number of mistakes, and scenes often seemed disjointed, which meant things became confusing despite the fact that, separately, said scenes worked. Anne Rabbitt’s performance is generally good, but she’s best when singing and playing renditions of well-known songs, or acknowledging mistakes or technical difficulties with humour. Just like with an old car, there are a few issues here, but with time and work it could be something great.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andrew Melrose]