Theatre review: Pole Factor
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Pole Factor at theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39b), reviewed by Matt Trueman
Coco – real name Sam – is a young Muslim woman competing on a pole-dancing reality television show.
She’s using the programme as a platform to protest at the construction of a mosque in Essex, citing inflamed social tensions. Or is she using the protest as a platform for self-promotion? Either way, she’s winning fans and enemies alike.
Had Nazish Khan’s script focused on that storyline, it might have worked as a staunch social satire. Instead, it confuses the narrative with unnecessary extras – an increasingly hostile boyfriend, an eating disorder, a friend with a drug addiction. By the end, you can’t tell what Sam’s story stands for.
Until 24 August. Today 8:05pm
More info: Pole Factor is at theSpace on the Mile
Originally published in The Scotsman