Theatre review: Life

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Life, at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), reviewed by Sally Stott.

Decade-long grudges and ingrained sibling rivalries don’t take long to emerge in Ross Ericson’s mainstream comedy about three middle-aged sisters: Beth, a former goth, Crissy, a well-put together divorcée, and Anna, a frumpy hippy who’s the only one prepared to look after their ageing, demanding mother.

They’re all in a shop changing room together, where Anna is trying to find a dress for a friend’s wedding. Crissy is only too keen to chip in with a more honest than necessary critique of everything Anna emerges wearing and Beth, a wealthy city worker, is trapped in the middle.

Ericson’s script is bubbling with wry, understated humour and propelled forward by rattling dialogue. Through gradual revelations surrounding the past, we get to know the sisters and their intriguing relationship. Do we really change as we grow older? Can we ever stop relating to our siblings as the children they once were?

The situation is limited storywise and the sudden confession of a shocking secret feels like a self-conscious attempt to inject drama, but with fine performances from Helen Cashin, Marnie Nash and Heather Rome, there is a lot to enjoy in this piece exploring different attitudes towards caring, family and being a woman.

MORE INFO: Life, at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until 24 August. Today 6:15pm
Originally published in The Scotsman

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