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Sophia Cleary: It Gets Worse (Sophia Cleary)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2023

Sophia Cleary has a powerful hold on stage and she knows it. Her show ‘It Gets Worse’ is nothing if not upfront about the many ways that Cleary delights in making a room feel uncomfortable. Therapising affirmations are about 50% of Cleary’s on-stage persona, but they’re overcome by a boiling rage you see glinting in her eyes. When Cleary gives in to that urge, the show sparkles. A poll of who in the audience would F/Marry/Kill Cleary is fantastically squirmy and feels more polished than other elements of the show. There are a few instances of dead air where it’s uncertain whether Cleary has been cutting set pieces, and you really need to go with her to enjoy the incredibly Freudian finale. She certainly doesn’t shy away from doubling down on an idea, so this is not a show for the faint of heart.

Assembly George Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Jones]