Upon first seeing the camouflaged stage in Gilded Balloon’s Teviot, it would be understandable to second-guess whether you’re in the right venue for Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl. Then writer and performer Rebecca Perry, armed with vibrant red locks, takes the stage and all doubt dissipates.

The show follows Perry as Joanie Little, a barista leaving her coffee shop behind for an internship at The Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania in a step towards her anthropology career dreams that brings forth revelations both amusing and challenging.

Though Perry brings to life an easily loveable protagonist, love isn’t enough to keep the audience engaged. With numerous problems that include a muddled exposition, inconsistent characterisation and problematic representations of race and nationalities, the show’s constant floundering smothers it’s narrative.

Words: Sara Vollen
Picture: David Kingsmill

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, Gilded Balloon, 3-29 August (not 10,17,24), 4:15pm

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