- Rachel Walker
- 8 August 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).