Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Alphabet Girl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
One generation fighting against the next: there’s something that feels inevitable about the way the three women depicted in Fringe First-winner Renny Krupinski’s one-woman show – ably performed by Kaitlin Howard – rail against their mothers. From a straight-talking East End grandmother, gin and blackcurrant forever in her hand, to the plummy-voiced snark of a mother who finds her freedom in the 1960s, to the uneasy laugh of a present-day daughter who dates men by letters of the alphabet, each has a no-nonsense attitude that demands the rest of the world live by their rules. Whether this is the way progress is made or disaster caused is left open to interpretation.
The piece develops into what seems like an exploration of three women’s relationship with sex and men over the years, underpinned by a bleak and destructive kind of energy meaning that each often tries to undermine the next.
Quite what it all means is left tantalisingly unexplained, with a final melodramatic twist that swerves into a completely different kind of territory. Do our parents make us who we are? Do we make them who they are? It feels like a piece that has things to say, but has yet to fully define what these are.
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) until 29 August
Published in The Scotsman on August 2015
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