Theatre review: Happy Girl
Theatre review: Happy Girl

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Happy Girl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★ A show exploring the worldview of teenage girls is delivered by experts in the field – the girls themselves. Judging by Happy Girl, some adolescent concerns and behaviours never change – from boys to body image, low self-esteem to passive aggression …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Happy Girl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.

★★

A show exploring the worldview of teenage girls is delivered by experts in the field – the girls themselves.

Judging by Happy Girl, some adolescent concerns and behaviours never change – from boys to body image, low self-esteem to passive aggression – although thigh gaps and leg waxing strips appear to be newer obsessions.

The choreographed set-pieces are more effective than the conversational scenes between the different groupings of friends. Performances across the 11-strong ensemble are consistently competent rather than arresting but there is an infectious energy when they come together as a group on a couple of well-executed dance routines which exude a collective confidence.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53) until 15 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015

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