At ten years old, GG (Naomi Sheldon) is of the impression that in order to be liked, she has to be a Good Girl. She’s at the county swimming championships and her coach is telling her to keep going, like a good girl. It’s such an awkward comment to make given today’s climate – the sinister connotations are hard to miss, despite it simply being a platitude of encouragement. But such an innocuous phrase seems to set up the remainder of GG’s emotional life, sticking in her mind at a pivotal developmental point for any child. Sheldon’s script tackles the damage caused simply by being anxious to fit in, to conform, to be a Good Girl.
Tag: Just the Tonic
Originally published on A Younger Theatre
Awarded 1 star
The Fringe can be a tough gig for comedians. With an audience spoilt for choice on both ticketed and free shows, sometimes you sit in a show with only a few other people and see the look of disappointment in the performer’s eyes. Under these circumstances, it is not advisable to insult members of the audience to the point at which they walk out. Mat Ewins didn’t get that memo. At first everyone thinks this is some sort of intensely arrogant ruse that the audience members are happy to play a part in. Then an awkward silence descends on the room, Mat finishes seething and attempts to move on with his set. Of course he’s lost his place and so fiddles with his notes – a nervous tick that is apparent throughout the show.