Theatre review: Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia at Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278), reviewed by Claire Smith
Maisah Sabahi is an actor and director who claims to be Saudi Arabia’s only female stand-up comic. This is not a stand-up show, but a theatre piece giving us an interesting take on the lives of rich Saudi women.
Her focus is love and marriage – explored through the lives of several different women. One is a rich woman whose husband has decided to take another wife; another is a teacher in a temporary marriage with a wealthy man.
But some of her humour seems to lose something in translation; and it is difficult to know how pertinent her observations are when she is talking about such a different world. A routine on how to talk to your driver may play well in wealthy Riyadh but it has different connotations here.
She’s an engaging performer, elegant, beautiful and softly-spoken, wearing a headdress and tunic over jeans and high heels. You get the sense that just by standing up on stage Sabahi is doing something radical in terms of her culture. It would be good to know more about why she decided to take this route and what she hopes to achieve.
Until 26 August. Today 5:50pm
More info: Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia is at Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall
Originally published in The Scotsman