Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Pramkicker, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett
Jude is in therapy because she kicked a yummy mummy’s pram across a coffee shop. Hard. And it fell down the stairs. Fast: bam, bam, bam. But don’t worry – the kid wasn’t in it; she was just getting out some repressed rage. This funny and sharply observed take on being childless – or in Jude’s defiant words, “child-free” – after a certain age is a laugh-out-loud and ultimately moving two-hander written by Sadie Hasler, who also plays Jude’s younger sister Susie.
Hasler’s warm and delightfully swear-filled script skewers the cultural invisibility of women who choose to reject the roles laid out for them, and is also a touching meditation on sisterhood and self-love. Hasler and Old Trunk co-artistic director Sarah Mayhew, who plays the bolshy Jude, have a terrific chemistry and back-and-forth banter, as Pramkicker’s tone slowly darkens and Jude’s troubled past emerges.
The duo’s humour combines physical slapstick with social satire, skilfully getting its audience onboard with laughs before hitting us with the emotive stuff. It seems to lose its way in the second half when the focus shifts on to Susie, but it’s easy to forgive a slight structural messiness and fall for these two charismatic and passionate performers.
Assembly George Square studios (venue 17), until 31 August, 2:45pm
Published in The Scotsman on 24 August 2015
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