The Shit / La Merda (4 stars)

Howl of human emotion makes for unforgettable theatre

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This article is from 2012.

The Shit / La Merda

Raw, touching, intelligent and mesmerising, Cristian Ceresoli’s The Shit is an unforgettable piece of theatre that reveals our universal inner thoughts, fears, desires and memory with almost frightening accuracy. Comprised of a powerful and unforgettable monologue by Silvia Gallerano, who delivers her intense speech while naked in the centre of Summerhall’s Demonstration Room, this piece is not as much a one-person rant, as it is an unbridled howl to the heavens. A howl that carries and resonates around the room, as Gallerano touches upon subjects such as bulimia, self worth, self-hatred and death.

Stripping back – both literally and figuratively – the fears, wants and experiences that make us human, The Shit moves between almost murderous rage and child-like excitement to heartbreak and self doubt in an instant. Dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, Ceresoli’s biting satirical script is perfectly matched with Gallerano’s sparkling energy bravery and strength. Brash, brutal, beastly, yet beautiful, The Shit is a near-perfect recreation of humanity, and indeed, society at its most powerful, most desperate, most vulnerable and most cutting.

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 26 Aug, 9.15pm, £10 (£8).

This article is from 2012.

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  • 4 stars

An actress of untamed talent, Silvia Gallerano, creates a physical and vocal mask, challenging a provocative and scandalous literary score written by Christian Ceresoli – where words might be sung, howled and shrieked but a ‘chant’ never emerges. In her naked physicality, she tells a personal story in a flow of thoughts…

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