Flora Anderson: Romantic
- Brian Donaldson
- 18 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Amiable debut that keeps the tone and content very relaxed
This is absolutely not a show about romantic love, insists Flora Anderson, it's all about the Romantic poets. And more specifically, the big three of Byron, Keats and Shelley. This trio is ideal for a game of Marry, Fuck, Kill, as Anderson lays her own cards firmly on the table (she does also make mention of Wordsworth in Romantic but that doesn't quite fit into her holy trinity theory). Though being firm is not exactly Anderson's game; this hour, as well as her stage performance, is fairly low-key throughout, with subtle digs and gentle observations made with barely a shift in tone or ratcheting up of the temperature.
Being true to yourself as an artist (or 'radical creative' as she puts it), while trying to put food on your own table is a core theme of the show, and she is largely apologetic for her middle-class roots, while insisting that her own privilege doesn't always guarantee access to an open door wherever she goes. Meanwhile, some neat analogies are made to Love Island, Disney princesses and Titanic (was Jack really ghosting Rose?). An amiable enough debut from a performer whose career might well be one to watch.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 25 Aug, 3.10pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).