Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Broken Windows, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr.
This enjoyable if uneven show was inspired by Caitlin Moran’s version of the “Broken Windows” theory, whereby an analogy is made between the observation that if one window in an empty building is left unrepaired following vandalism, then the vandals will return and break in, and the idea that “if we live in a climate where female pubic hair is considered distasteful, or famous and powerful women are constantly pilloried for being too fat or too thin, or badly dressed, then, eventually, people start breaking into women.”
Writer/performer Caitlin Ince re-enacts interviews she’s conducted with a diverse bunch of teenage girls in order to find out what it means to be young and female now, and if the Broken Windows theory applies.
There are laughs along the way, notably in the clever use of song (the impressive music is performed by its composer, Matthew White) and the terrific comic expressions and timing of Owen Jenkins, who plays various characters. Ince is very appealing and impresses with her skill at capturing accents (though she slips in and out of them unintentionally at times) but the show loses momentum halfway through and doesn’t really have anything new to say.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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