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“Scattered with moments of magic”

Matt Miller is wearing a dress. Now a suit. Sometimes they feel better in one, sometimes the other. Sometimes they like to be invisible, sometimes seen. Fitting examines why one feels so different to the other – and if it even matters.

Billed as a “theatrical gender-queer glamour fest”, Miller’s solo show is actually more focused on the mundane moments of everyday life, and how those experiences are altered by appearance. Interactions at a bus stop, shopping for clothes, getting ready for work – little things are made more complicated when the world reacts very differently depending on your choices.

It also asks, in an era when conversations about identity are becoming more hostile and entrenched, what happens to those who just aren’t sure? If putting on a dress feels playful, are you somehow not taking it seriously enough – and, worse, insulting those for whom it feels very serious indeed? Is even the word ‘questioning’ a misnomer, since it implies an eventual answer? Rounding out Miller’s own experiences with recordings of other voices, Fitting offers no concrete answers, but is made richer by its willingness to ask the questions.

Though at times meandering, the show is filled with pleasing touches. Slipping in and out of outfits, Miller is a performer of some charm, and their up-close sleight of hand draws gasps of delight. Both the tricks and Miller’s conversational style work well in the venue’s intimate scale and it’s in these small, quiet moments that Fitting shines – and even feels a little like magic.

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Production Details
Production nameFitting
VenueAlphabetti Theatre
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne
StartsFebruary 25, 2020
EndsMarch 7, 2020
Running time1hr
DirectorPeader Kirk
Lighting designerPeader Kirk
Sound designerPeader Kirk
CastMatt Miller
Stage managerPeader Kirk
ProducerMatt Miller, Peader Kirk
VerdictEngaging solo show by a performer of considerable charm, scattered with moments of magic
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Tracey Sinclair

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