Grace - Katie Reddin-Clancy 3*** - One4Review
one4review | On 17, Aug 2018
This one woman show has Katie Reddin-Clancy inhabiting many personas whilst meditating on gender. She starts the show as the bossy stage manager Cheryl who spits out corny jokes with a razor sharp tongue. She explains that the double act Alfie and Grace are no more because Grace has died, and wisecracking Alfie now wants to appear as Zora (a fact that Grace, as Alfie’s partner, refused to accept.) During the course of the show Katie transforms herself into Alfie, Zora , Grace, their manager and there is an amusing interlude when Audrey wafts on to the stage as a foul mouthed but gentle ghost.
The strength of this show is Katie’s barbed tongue and her skill as a comedian. Although ambitious, the narrative of the play is rather jumbled and seems to reflect the line in the play ‘Gender is like Glastonbury – muddy’. I wish there had been fewer characters to allow us to really empathize with Alfie and his need to become Zora, and to further explore Grace’s feelings about losing Alfie as a partner on stage and in life. Katie is a skilled performer with fantastic delivery – I look forward to seeing her shine in a less frenetic show.
Reviewed by Rona
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