Like a Virgin: Zoe Lewis presents

3Star ***

Way back, in 2006 I think, it was when I saw Zoe Lewis perform for the first time with her one woman play ‘Touched for the very first time’. I subsequently saw he next years offering ‘Doing my Bit’ which I enjoyed even more so after a few years absence I was looking forward to seeing her again with this Production, albeit on a two day run only.

It was Lesley again, the character that Ms Lewis has starred as in the previous two productions, but like us all she has moved on and is now a woman in her late thirties.

With the biological clock ticking loudly and still single Lesley decides to cryogenically freeze some of her eggs with a view to artificial insemination on the cards in the future, but who will be the donor father and how will it all work out?

The story is told in ‘blog’ style entries so the time line can be easily followed and the multitude of cameo characters that flit in and out of the story are all voiced by this versatile actor.

I felt although this was an interesting piece it was somewhat rushed in the telling. I like Zoe Lewis as an actor and writer, yet felt that there was more mileage and substance in the story than was delivered on the day. Okay I know there are time restrictions in the Fringe, but feel this detracted from what would have been a really first class performance.

Reviewed by Geoff

Udderbelly Dairy Room V 300

15, 16 August only

Times vary

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Scene of the Titans

2 stars

**

If it wasn’t actually based on a true story, you could easily think the plot of this show was completely improbable and verging on farcical. However given that the premise is true, this could have been a gritty piece of theatre… unfortunately it’s not. Some of the acting and singing is okay but the production values are poor. For example there are a couple of really poignant moments at the end but the rest of the show doesn’t build up with any sort of respect to this conclusion.

The choreography is dreadful and the monotonous music (literally) is basically pointless. This story would work better as a serious piece of theatre, not the fluffy musical it seemed to end up as.

Review by Alan

C, 17:45-19:15.

Until 29th August.