Theatre review: Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl
Theatre review: Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★★ Canadian writer-performer Rebecca Perry creates a hugely likeable alter ego named Joanie Little in this one-woman show about an anthropology graduate working as a barista and managing to maintain a sunny disposition despite her frustrations. She …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr.

★★★

Canadian writer-performer Rebecca Perry creates a hugely likeable alter ego named Joanie Little in this one-woman show about an anthropology graduate working as a barista and managing to maintain a sunny disposition despite her frustrations.

She does this by confessing her desires to her heroine, the celebrated 80-something British anthropologist Jane Goodall (or rather, to her photo) and by viewing the customers in the coffee shop as different species of creatures.

This is a spirited, exuberant monologue featuring smart observational comedy and memorable lines (“That game we all play with our ex – ‘Who Will Be Happy First?’”) plus a handful of songs, appealingly sung, but it is pretty lightweight and, for a while, feels like it’s not going anywhere. But it’s one of the more enjoyable ways to spend an hour at the Fringe, and Perry could well be a future star.

Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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