I, Claudia, (2 stars)

I, Claudia,

Straightforward family drama

Writer-performer Kristen Thomson swaps between eerily shapeless masks to deliver monologues from a precocious 12-year-old girl hiding from the fallout of her parents’ divorce, her stepmother Lesley and the wise Eastern European school janitor. Initially the theatricality of the masks dictates the tone, and there’s a sense of potential tragedy in the theatre. But no, this is a straightforward family drama, with a final coda about seeing the self in one’s own sadness that sums up just how unnecessary all those masks and costume changes were to a play that doesn’t move out of the suburban doldrums.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 3.40pm, £12–£14 (£11–£12).

I, Claudia

  • 2 stars

Charting the raw but beautiful interior life of a misfit adolescent, Claudia suffers the triple afflictions of puberty, unpopularity and her parent’s divorce. Using four astonishingly expressive masks, writer/performer Kristen Thomson casts a spell of rare, bewitching power. Triumphantly packing houses and receiving…


1. Anthony Black24 Aug 2010, 1:03am Report

I disagree with this review. I find this show to be completely an entirely gorgeous, well constructed, theatrical coup. The characters, which emerge from the masks, are inhabited completely by Kristen Thompson. The writing is witty, and captures the painful poetry of adolescence. I laughed hard and I wept. This is a beautiful show. I'm sorry that Mr. Ensall didn't agree.

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