THEATRE MORE ligHT PlEAsE newtowntheatre (Venue 7) HHHHH
tHIS 55-minute monologue by natalia Kostrzewa and Jerzy lach should, in theory, be one of the most interesting shows on the Fringe. Set in a Dublin shoe shop, performed by Kostrzewa herself, and featuring some terrific between-scenes music by the tiger lillies, it tells the story of a polish girl who follows her absentee father to Ireland, in search of fame and fortune – she is an aspiring actress – and of a real relationship with a parent she hardly knows.
the script offers a hint of the rich potential of this story, as it follows natalia through a city where inward migration is a new phenomenon, and where her dad seems as indifferent to her as ever.
the performance, though, is a miserably irritating, brittle, look-at-me effort, with neither the depth nor the emotional range the subject demands. It effectively stifles the real human resonance of the story, in a world where such experiences of migration are becoming ever more common.
Until 29 August. Today 2:45pm.