UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage delivers stunning coming-of-age show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
When Grace Savage beat boxes, you can’t help but be mesmerised. Blind does not merely showcase her breathtaking talent (she is UK beatboxing champion of 2012 and 2013), but combines theatre, music, autobiography and audience participation to question the pressures shaping the perception of young people today.
Created with Fringe regulars The Paper Birds, Grace describes her growing up bombarded by the conflicting voices of adverts, friends, the media and her Mum until she finds a surer voice in beat boxing.
The premise of the story sounds a bit generic, but beat boxing is used innovatively to communicate her confusion and uncertainty. A mash up of news headlines and adverts across the decades or the literal infiltration of beatboxing in her speech as she plays out her acting ambitions are both particularly brilliant.
The most powerful moment comes when Grace beat boxes and sings like her idol Rahzel. Imitating misogynistic hip hops songs, she allows the lyrics and a selection of projected comments left on-line about her talent (‘WHY YOU NOT IN KITCHEN’/ ‘Bet she gives good head’) to communicate her own continuing struggle for recognition. It becomes apparent Grace is much more than a human lyrebird in this compelling and unique theatre experience.
Pleasance Above, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 1.55pm, £11-£12.