Theatre review: Here’s Connie
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Here’s Connie at theSpace @ Jury’s Inn (Venue 260), reviewed by David Pollock
This forthright monologue opens the door to actress Carrie-Anne Wilde, an engaging new talent whose work embodies the follies of youth while creating a great sense of context for why her character’s actions take place. Her Connie begins as a cliché, a vapid party girl with a wicked turn of phrase and a powerful lack of regard for what anyone thinks. She loves the sense of “false understanding as you talk so much drunken pish”, and jokes about her own promiscuity. She dreamed that losing her virginity would involve candles and a Boyzone soundtrack, but now it’s all “off-my-face Tulisa-style blowjobs”.
Her mum calls to commiserate on the death of Maggie Thatcher and suggests she grow up, but Connie denies the chance. “Then our minds get lost,” she says of giving in to the responsibilities of adulthood, clinging onto the absolution of responsibility she has bought into, and we come to find out why – about her soldier brother’s dark change when he returned from the Middle East and the fate of John, her partner and his best friend.
It’s often a raw piece of work, but Wilde’s storytelling is compulsive and engaging, with an authentic ear for the tone and vocabulary of her character.
Until tomorrow. Today 2:10pm
Originally published in The Scotsman