Fringe preview: The Soaking of Vera Shrimp

This article is from 2015

Fringe preview: The Soaking of Vera Shrimp

Magical powers as a coping mechanism

Following a critically and commercially successful run of Fat Alice at the Traverse, Alison Carr is introducing her latest creation to Edinburgh audiences this August in The Soaking of Vera Shrimp.

Fourteen-year-old Vera's preternatural ability to read the emotional content of raindrops, soaked up from the water's contact with others, provides the basis for a show that explores universal themes in an intimate setting. 'At its heart, the show is about grief and hope,' says Carr. 'I wanted to explore a character who is feeling lost and lonely, something we have all, to varying degrees, felt in our lives.' After the death of her mother, Vera's discovery of her power gives her a way to cope with the tragedy. 'Her conviction and determination keeps her going, actively researching and learning about her amazing ability,' says Carr. 'It gives her focus while all around her things are changing.'

Beginning life as a narrated storytelling show that won the 2013 Live Theatre/The Empty Space Bursary Award, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp evolved through a collaborative process into a solo performance that places its 'funny, brave, bolshy and vulnerable' protagonist centre stage. 'It's all told directly to the audience,' says Carr, 'and that brings a real connection to what we're talking about and exploring.'

Helmed by 2007 Arches Award-winning director Rosie Kellagher, this unique solo show-cum-science lesson promises a moving, yet funny look at a young girl's recovery from heartbreak.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–31 (not 18)Aug, 12.45pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £6.

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp

  • 4 stars

Rosie & Me, in association with Live Theatre During an almighty rainstorm, Vera Shrimp discovers an extraordinary ability. But as her family disintegrates, Vera's gift develops a darker and more urgent significance. Part science lesson, part story-telling, this is a poignant and playful solo-show about love, grief and…