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Rebecca Drysdale is One Woman… in Several Pieces

Published Thursday 16 August 2007 at 17:35 by Ben Dowell

Rebecca Drysdale tells us at the end that this show is about the last two years of her life. Judging by its contents - a satirical take on her own Bat Mitzvah, a skit in which a space traveller ends up stuck in Ancient Rome arguing with her boyfriend on their spaceship, a hapless assault victim fighting back with origami and a song asking “When we can make fun of 9/11?” - her head must be quite some place to live. And while I can’t say that there is much logic or a complete absence of pretentiousness to what this grey-suited metropolitan American puts before us, the way her fierce and sophisticated intelligence and wit fizzes like a Catherine wheel is nothing if not exciting.

Particularly good was her Hillaire Belloc-style poem about butch lesbians or sharp rejoinders like “You just laughed at Nazis in front of a gay Jew”.

Less good was the naked shower scene at the end and a laboured coda berating her bad reviews and sex life and playing Scotland the Brave on guitar.

Despite her protestations, I didn’t feel we knew her much better by the end. But it was great fun while it lasted.

Production information

Baby Belly, Edinburgh, August 2-26

Rebecca Drysdale
Underbelly Productions in Association with Marshall Cordell
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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014