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Sexy Lamp (Katie Arnstein and Victoria Gagliano)

By | Published on Saturday 24 August 2019

Fun yet thought-provoking, this timely one-woman show explores Katie Arnstein’s experiences at the start of her acting career. Punctuated by charming renditions on the ukulele, we are guided swiftly down this yellow-brick-road, dropping us off at pivotal moments in her life: ones which inspired her love of acting, the need to say ‘yes’ to everything, and exposed the relentlessly unjust treatment of women. Deeply personal but undeniably universal, we see the systemic sexism of this industry unfold, taking us into darker and deeply moving territories. More theatrical stagecraft wouldn’t have gone amiss, but overall this is a vital piece of feminist theatre, sensitively exposing how women are manipulated and exploited – powerfully performed by a superbly talented actor.

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