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ED2012 Cabaret Review: Pandora’s Box – Free (Joanne Jollie, Class Stage Productions, Free Festival)

ED2012 3/5 Reviews ED2012 Cabaret Reviews

Dressed in a basque, patriotic knickers and a superwoman cape, Joanne Jollie’s alter ego XXL stripper Pandora gives us her life story, interspersed with appropriate, crowd-stirring, stonking songs. Her singing is very impressive, and she covers a wide range of adaptations of popular songs belted out to the recorded music; we have her take on such reworked classics as ‘Simply The Chest’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Make Love To You’. Although she’s rather a stock working-class character and Pandora’s story isn’t really funny, the quick turn-over of songs and stand-up keeps our attention. There’s some utterly humiliating but nonetheless good-natured audience participation as she gets people up to act as backing dancers, a doctor, her ex-partner. Overall: very enjoyable.

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 3-26 Aug, 12.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Lia Sanders]

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