- Rachel Walker
- 8 August 2018
This article is from 2018.
Immersive dark comedy explores queer female identity
'You know when you're doing something that you really shouldn't be doing?' This quip begins Drip Feed, a statement that summarises this vivid, immersive and ultimately hopeful exploration of identity. Brenda is dissatisfied with her life; she has become part of the furniture in her hometown of Cork. Her relationships are strained, her work is unfulfilling and she is currently raiding a bin.
In this dark and powerful comedy, Karen Cogan's portrayal of down-on-her-luck Brenda is raw, dramatic and at times almost disgustingly detailed. The utilisation of music and sound is ingenious and the space, populated with a few chairs and a dingy sofa bed, acts as a clever visualisation of the sparseness of Brenda's life.
As relationships are dissected and homophobia is investigated, Cogan is bright and funny, whirling from subject to subject with a speed that can occasionally feel disorientating. Although her observations veer towards predictability, the overall result is compelling, and gains pace and depth as Brenda navigates the horrors of a virulent hangover.
The transition from her night out (frenetic dancing, wrapped in colourful LED lights) to the morning after (dishevelled, downbeat yet still vibrant) is a real highlight of Drip Feed, a performance characterised by warmth and insight.
Assembly George Square Theatre, until 26 Aug (not 14), 2.30pm, £13 (£12).