THE­ATRE MORE ligHT PlEAsE new­townthe­atre (Venue 7) HHHHH

The Scotsman - - Fringereviews Hotshow -

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.

JOycE McMillAn

Un­til 29 Au­gust. To­day 2:45pm.

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