Theatre review: Something There That’s Missing

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Something There That’s Missing at thespace @ jury’s inn (Venue 260), reviewed by Claire Smith

This lovely little gem of a piece, written by Anh Chu, made me cry – and I wasn’t the only one with tears in my eyes.
It is a bittersweet coming-of-age drama about a Canadian-Chinese girl in London who wants to become a writer.
As Joy Lo, played by Chu herself, tries to find her voice in the alien city she has dreams of giant pandas and Chinese folk tales. A story begins to shape in her head of a young girl on a quest to defeat a monster hiding in a cave.
Fellow performers Julie Cheung-Inhin and Siu-see Hung play the voices in the young writer’s head – using puppets to bring her thoughts to life.
Siu-see Hung also does a brilliant job as Joy Lo’s mother – who has a habit of interrupting the creative process with very funny calls on Skype.
The story Joy Lo is writing, which involves an orange hippo called Po, is the weakest part of the whole. But there is some lovely stuff about growing up and trying to make your way in a foreign country. And the way the story ends is genuinely moving.

MORE INFO: Something There That’s Missing is at theSpace

Originally published in The Scotsman

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