Sophie Black (2 stars)

This article is from 2010

Sophie Black

A character show with little in the way of actual characters

Stumbling onstage in the guise of an overly ambitious street sketch artist/ex-con, Sophie Black’s solo character-based show never quite finds its feet. The cartoonist offers the inevitable poor drawings and grandiose ideas of her own ‘art’, but the more interesting aspects of a seemingly dark past are never explored enough to make this character matter. It’s a similar problem for much of the performance as Black delves into the already well-explored minds of hot-shot Hollywood producers and bitter late-night DJs, only touching on ideas outside the stereotypical associations these personas have already gained in other reincarnations.

Black is still a fine performer though, recreating this garish assortment of unfortunates and unlikeables with enough dramatic aplomb to keep an audience interested, but aside from a rather fabulous homage to Band-Aid, which will have a certain poignancy for media students everywhere, the narratives just fail to deliver. Black clearly has the talent to make a character-led show work. She just needs the characters.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 4.30pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6.50–£7.50).

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