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Sticky Door at the Vaults, London – 'funny, moving and energetically performed solo show'

“Funny, moving and energetically performed solo show”

Katie Arnstein must be one of the hardest-working theatremakers at this year’s Vault Festival as she’s performing all three shows of her It’s a Girl trilogy at the venue.

Sticky Door, the third and most recent of these, is a one-woman show about sex, identity and mental health. Mining her experiences as a young actor in south London, Arnstein takes us back to 2014 – the year she resolved to sleep with a different man, no strings attached, every month.

Using a sparse but effective set with pared-back lighting, Love Actually-inspired cardboard signs and a ukulele, Arnstein gives a laugh-out-loud funny, but delicately moving performance.

Her one-liners are skilfully delivered (“I get cystitis like Old Etonians get into parliament – regularly and without trying”), and she moves about the space with a bouncy energy, slowing right down to a lethargic slump when discussing depression.

This piece is littered with cultural references, with abundant sound clips, grounding it in a fixed place and time. She creates a tangible image of London renting, describing the lighting of her Brixton flat, above a Morley’s chicken shop, as having an “Orange is the New Black realness”.

Though this is the show’s first public outing, it’s impressively slick. Arnstein makes a couple of slips, but they don’t make an impact on the piece. She’s a relatable, charismatic performer and this hour-long monologue has a delicious rhythm.

The show is still labelled as being in-development – if it’s this good at this stage, I can’t wait to see where it goes.

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Production Details
Production nameSticky Door at the Vaults, London – 'funny, moving and energetically performed solo show'
StartsFebruary 11, 2020
EndsFebruary 16, 2020
Running time1hr
AuthorKatie Arnstein
DirectorEllen Havard
Set designerAnna Kezia Williams
Lighting designerRachel Sampley
Sound designerAndrew Hollingworth
CastKatie Arnstein
Stage managerAndrew Hollingworth
ProducerBeccy D'souza
VerdictFunny, moving and energetically performed show about mental health, sex and the female experience
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