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Myra’s Story – 5***** - One4Review

| On 17, Aug 2021

This stunning performance by Fíonna Hewitt-Twamley has been my highlight of the Fringe so far. Myra lives in hostels (when available) and on the street. With pithy language she regales us with the story of her life swinging between comedy and tragedy. Her memories begin with her happy marriage to Tommy and the birth of her son Daniel but take a dark turn as she veers off the thread of the narrative to remember the death of her mother, her father’s alcoholism (and his dire warning of the demons she will face being his flesh and blood) and the tragic loss of her son. Every so often there are moments of laugh out humour as she recalls the exploits of her friends and neighbours, but by the end of the piece as she faces a night out in the cold, with only a bottle of vodka and her family photos for company, I very much doubt there was a dry eye in the house. This play forces the audience to examine their preconceptions of people who live on the streets and well deserved the standing ovation at the end.
Reviewed by Rona
Assembly George Sq Gardens – Palais Du Variete
Until Aug 29th (Not 18th & 25th)

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