The Fly in the Fridge (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

The Fly in the Fridge

No flies on this

This is what the Fringe is all about. One ersatz stage, one stepladder, and one immensely talented performer. Karin de la Penha enacts the traumatic true story of an Orphean journey through an underworld of heroin and prostitution.

At times almost unbearably painful to watch, the actress is nonetheless utterly mesmerising as she spins us a host of characters, including the eponymous fly. This is fast-moving theatre that demands audience concentration, but powerful storytelling and protean performance make this a bare-bones theatrical triumph.

Sweet Grassmarket, 226 0000 until 29 Aug, 6.15pm, £9.50 (£8.50).

The Fly in the Fridge

  • 4 stars

The riveting, true and surprisingly funny story of Emily - a privileged pre-teen whose Alice-like curiosity plunges her into a vortex of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll in 1970s New York City. Her evolution from hippiedom through hell to extraordinary redemption 30 years later grips you from the drop. You must see Karin de la…