Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Blind at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33). Reviewed by Sally Stott.

Grace Savage is an excellent beatboxer and, shock horror, a woman. Not, she says, that this is something anyone makes an issue of – at least unless they’re writing comments on YouTube.

In this, her loosely structured one-woman show, she tells of growing up listening to Pink and the Spice Girls, before getting into compiling tracks using only her voice. It’s a piece that’s both about finding out who you are and shattering other people’s preconceptions, but also an insight into how whole pieces of music, in a variety of styles, can be created be one person through layering vocals through using a mixing deck.

“There are not many interesting parts for women,” Grace pertinently says of the theatre, and it’s through music that she has found her true passion – one that she gets us to join in with. Taking place in a glittering theatrical set, all red furnishing and lightbulbs, it’s more a series of insights into one performer, her life and music than a fully formed show.

At times it becomes rather inward-looking, but it is nevertheless an enlightening and entertaining insight into a type of music that can feel like the exclusive territory of young men who would prefer to keep it that way.

Blind is at Pleasance Courtyard. More info here.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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