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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Kicking All The Boxes – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt, Dublin

Writer: Liz FitzGibbon

Director: Aongus Óg McAnally

Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne

FitzGibbon has a mean kick boxing technique and a lean way of telling a story. There are many different narratives packed in here between bouts of weaving and ducking, all related to us by a young woman named Naoise. Naoise has just turned thirty and in her relative youth was a kick boxing champion. It appears she has not lived up to her own and others’ expectations and during this hour-long one-woman show we are given various scenarios as to how her life has panned out. In some Naoise is a troubled homeless young woman dealing with an abusive relationship and anger issues while in others she celebrates her thirtieth birthday in Coppers, followed by a morning swim with a guy from ‘down under’. Most affecting is Naoise’s tale of her beloved Nan being violently robbed and beaten; FitzGibbon’s depiction of this scenario is heartfelt and very moving.

Physicality is central to this performance – perhaps reflecting Mikel Murfi’s input – and movement syncs seamlessly with music, at times morphing in to FitzGibbon’s excellent embodiments of various other characters who interact with Naoise along the way. The music choices lend a humorous element to the performance and indeed FitzGibbon can do funny as well as angry and passionate. There are many issues raised in FitzGibbon’s work, the list includes those mentioned above in addition to single-parenthood and failure to meet familial expectations and all beg to be given more time and further staging. Addressing so many different aspects of life and love in just one hour does not do the show justice. However this is an enjoyable fringe show which certainly showcases FitzGibbon’s considerable talents and which has the potential for its stories to be further developed.

Runs until 23 September 2017 | Image: Contributed

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