Good Girl (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Good Girl

An uplifting one-woman show about tight friendship

GG has been told she is, or should be, a 'good girl' many times in her life, but what exactly do they expect from her? And should she really conform? This is a beautifully penned one-woman show from Naomi Sheldon. From its opening evocative scene of a moment of rebellion at a swimming gala and taking us through her intense teenage years in Sheffield before moving to London for her literature degree, all of it explores her emotional response: or lack of it.

The entire enjoyable hour is poetically conjured and precisely performed, particularly the uncannily depicted tight female friendship between the four friends whose 'emergency conferences' are convened on Laura's pink bedroom carpet, usually to frankly discuss something newly discovered about their vaginas.

But the main theme snaking through the show is GG's struggle with overwhelming emotion not just in the turmoil of adolescence but beyond too; she feels anger, sadness or joy so fiercely it feels like it's going to break out of her skin. A perfectly pitched and utterly identifiable debut, this moving, feisty and uplifting show proves that Naomi Sheldon is certainly one to watch.

Just The Tonic at The Mash House, until 27 Aug (not 14), 1pm, £6–£8 (£5–£6) or Pay What You Want.

Good Girl

Dark humour about the darker side of being a good girl, performed by Naomi Sheldon and directed by Matt Peover.