Studio In The GC, Sun 20 Feb.
For an artist to exploit their faults to create an entertaining stage show is not new, but I doubt it has been done like this before. Claire Dawson suffers from low self-esteem, and uses A Woman On The Edge to tell us why. She tracks back through her family, mother, teachers, friends and partners and has a witty tale and a catchy tune about all of them.With a delightful stage manner and one of those northern English accents that just makes everything sound funnier, Dawson is very easy company as she draws the audience into her story. Really clever use of multimedia treats us to many versions of Claire Dawson. This adds layers of complexity, extra laughs and an appreciation of the depth of her talent. An enormous amount of production time has gone into this show before Dawson steps out on stage and it all comes together beautifully to form an entertaining and highly original show.
Her self-penned songs are poignant and infectious, her impersonations of role models like Miley Cyrus and Shirley Bassey are great, and the whole show is sprinkled with a cheeky humour that stops things getting too serious. An invitation to the audience to join her in attacking her self-esteem was gleefully accepted and resulted in much hilarity – lots of fun!
Lest we all leave feeling like we have made her life worse, things do turn more positive towards shows end. Turns out it’s okay to bare your soul, to have a good laugh about how hopeless you are, and to sing and dance about your dreams and fears. It’s quite therapeutic, in fact. At least that’s what the onstage Claire Dawson leads us to believe.
The final part of the show is perhaps a bit too drawn out, but it’s original and creative, funny and uplifting – and really enjoyable.
A Woman On The Edge continues at various locations from 7.30 pm until Sun 5 Mar
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