In her debut show Sophie Wu – an actress who has appeared in, among other things, Channel 4’s ‘Fresh Meat’ – recounts the events of a week in 1998 when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl. It is a tawdry, domestic version of the well-worn American High School movie genre. It’s also very funny.

Sophie Wu tells a series of toe-curlingly awkward stories about teenage fashion, schoolgirl crushes and life with a single mother.

Wu’s dry, confident delivery and wry turns of phrase are a pleasure to watch and the rather bleak story is moderated with some lovely singing and intermittent dancing. She brilliantly evokes what it was like to be a teenager in the late 1990s, although there is a slight over-reliance on dropping classic 90s brand names to get laughs.

It’s a hard show to pigeonhole. It’s billed as theatre, but feels like a cross between spoken word and stand-up. Whatever it is, it’s funny, touching and ultimately very satisfying.
Words: Harry Carr

Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like She’s Dead, Wee Red Bar, Aug 2 – 24, 17:00

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