Spine (4 stars)

This article is from 2014


Stunning one-woman play exploring frustrations with youth and power at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

In Spine, Amy recounts her strange friendship with Mrs Glenda, begun on the night she left home bruised and covered in blood, looking for somewhere to stay. Both Amy and eccentric bibliophile kleptomaniac Glenda are brought stunningly to life by Rosie Wyatt in this one woman play about the frustrations with youth and power. Both are fragile and angry at a world that has and continues to let them down until they find solace in each other and an illegally acquired stash of library books.

Although it is Amy’s voice we hear most often, it is Mrs Glenda who defines the direction. Upset at the sacrifices she and her late husband made for so little during her lifetime, there is a palpable joy on stage when she realises the potential in the wounded young woman on her doorstep. Plying her with tea, companionship and a re-evaluation of her worth as a woman the spinster’s faith in that fleeting glimpse of the real Amy is rewarded with a touching and appropriate conclusion.

Underbelly, 08445 458252, until 24 Aug (not 13), £10 (£9).


  • 4 stars

Rosie Wyatt performs Clara Brennan's multi-layered monologue, charting the explosive friendship between a wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow.