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With Child (Claire Pointing)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2019

Only one of the six short monologues presented actually relates to pregnancy, which left me nonplussed. If the point was that pregnant women are still women – with vastly differing perspectives and experiences – well, sure: point made. Each of these monologues is fantastic: well written, excellently performed, with really strong voices. But there’s nothing tying these six disparate voices together, which leaves the hour feeling frustratingly fragmented. Some were nice (a woman who found strength through Zumba, and the proud, dignified single mum-to-be); some less so (the transphobic Brexiteer and the judgmental gym-goer). Any one of these monologues, unpacked, would be worthy of four or five stars. The whole, sadly, is less than the sum of its parts. 

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Leask]