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…


1. Jojo12 Aug 2010, 11:27pm5 stars The Fly in the Fridge Report

This is a must -see gem of a piece, performed with an assured, thrilling professionalism. Captivating, compelling story-telling from this talented, exciting, and hugely versatile actress. Highly recommended

2. Sandy Aerenson13 Aug 2010, 2:52am5 stars The Fly in the Fridge Report

Karin has performed the most outstanding play I have ever got to see. She is absolutely wonderful and your heart goes out to her. She is absolutely amazing. It's a must see gem of a play. Sandy Aerenson

3. Sandy Aerenson13 Aug 2010, 3:03am Report

I must post another somment about this unbelievable play. All the characters she portrays are incredible. She is really something to see.
She is masterful. Sandy Aerenson

4. Sarah J Hyde21 Aug 2010, 5:32pm5 stars The Fly in the Fridge Report

Excellent! It's really something to see Karin instantly establish characters ranging from the protagonist, Emily at age 8 with her sister, to rough drug pushers and pimps and then watch as they weave in and out of this true life story. She takes you on a fascinating rollercoaster of one woman's experience of sex and drugs and uses hugely effective theatrical devices to illustrate their power. A virtuoso performance of a well crafted piece. I'm really glad I saw it.

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