Desk jockey seeking quality life-work balance with the occasional adventure thrown in.
No regrets. Ever.
How do we become our self?
Make no doubt about it - this is a brave performance. A one-woman show, for a very small and intimate audience where there is 360-degree feedback (you can see the show, the performer can see your reaction).
The story is told from several viewpoints - we meet several characters of significance to Alfie, who is struggling with his first performance as transgender Zora. We meet the stage manager, the ghost that haunts the theatre, the theatrical agent, Alfie and finally Zora is ready to make her appearance. And we do meet Grace, the former flame of Alfie.
The performances are strong, although a little hard to follow in time (perhaps I need less subtlety in performances, although when attending with 3 other friends, all of us got a little stuck on what we saw at times). It clearly shows the struggle of being true to yourself - all characters struggled with this to varying levels - and the strength we have within. But I was left a little confused at the end by Grace - was she the former lover? A former alter ego? Did Alfie have multiple personality disorder?
Tuxedo Cat is an interesting venue for this - it is small and intimate (up some very steep stairs) and in the theatre, most seats are old student desks although there are some comfy lounge chairs at the very front for the brave. The performer, Katie Reddin-Clancy, used the environment well for effect making eye contact well with the audience.