With all the substance of a romantically thwarted Mills and Boon novel, ‘Tin Girl Story’ was well intentioned but ultimately disappointing. The intriguing premise lacked depth and the clunky circular narrative remained as two-dimensional as the characters. Although Kate Gilbert did give a consistent – and at times even entrancing – performance, she was ultimately hindered by somewhat cumbersome, overindulgent writing. Michael Cretu’s fantastical timbres created some interest in what could have been an otherwise tedious performance, and his longer melodic passages wove a beautiful yet tragic aesthetic. That said, the production was almost comically over-sensualised and instances of rhyme felt uninspiring and leaden. If you like inoffensive cabaret or depressing romances then you might not find yourself entirely disappointed.
Zoo Southside, 5 – 15 Aug, 4.00pm (4.55pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp304.
tw rating 2/5