- Adeline Amar
- 7 August 2018
Stage fright and gender fluidity for a one-woman show
Grace is a one-woman theatre show about Alfie, the male half of a comedy double act, who re-enters the stage as Zora, a woman. Except Zora battles stage fright, so Alfie plays characters they met until she's ready. As well as sharp observations on the entertainment industry, Grace addresses gender fluidity and trans acceptance.
In addition to Alfie and Zora, Katie Reddin-Clancy solidly plays a long list of characters. Thanks to wigs, robes and jackets, she easily transforms into Sheryl (the theatre manager), Anna (the talent agent) and Grace (Alfie's ex-wife) to name just a few.
The structure, however, becomes convoluted: the Alfie / Zora storyline is difficult to follow; instead of remaining a focus of the show, it becomes diluted by the comings and goings of the additional characters. And while Reddin-Clancy is equally convincing with each new persona, they mostly function as a means for her to display her acting skills rather than deeper characterisations.
Reddin-Clancy is delightful onstage, comfortably engaging with the audience without breaking out of character. The cultural observations and Kardashian jokes are amusing but it is her performance that ultimately powers Grace. Her warm personality makes the show an hour of enjoyable entertainment.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug (not 13), 1.45pm, £9.50 (£8.50).