Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Girl From Nowhere, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott
With her hippy hair, acoustic guitar and Texan drawl, Jeannie captures the spirit of the Deep South at the end of the 1960s in this engaging one-woman show, written and performed by Victoria Rigby.
A small town musician with a determination to be more than just a backing singer for the man she loves, Jeannie tells us her story from a room in the home of her demanding mother, who’s constantly telling her to stop “hollering rock and roll music”.
But all is not as it seems, and in Jeannie’s past there are dark experiences as well as upbeat songs and the cosy nostalgia for a life well lived on the road.
What emerges is the tale of one woman’s determination to succeed despite the actions of the men in her life and the attitudes of a sexist music industry. With rich, colloquial dialogue that captures an iconic place and time, it’s a small but inspiring story that makes a popular arena personal.
Whether it’s Jeannie talking about meeting “beautiful strangers” or life on the road, the intimate mood has all of the warmth of a campfire chat.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), until 31 August, 12:45pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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