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Monday 20 May 2019

Brighton Festival 2019 Review: Superhoe @ Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

As Brighton Festival 2019 entered its second (and middle) week, reviewer Simon Turner attended the opening performance of Superhoe, at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

Written and performed by Nicole Lecky, and presented as a monologue, Superhoe tells the story of Sasha Clayton, twenty-four, and living with her mum, step-dad, and irritating little sister, in Plaistow. 

Sasha's gone from being the most popular girl at school, to spending most of her time on her own in her bedroom scrolling through social media. 

She's got talent and a dream – when she releases her first EP everything's going to change .. 

I only realised I was going to see a monologue as I sat in my seat. My heart sank. 

I'd come to see eighty-five minutes of one person on stage…. with no break. Being particularly narrow-minded I prepared myself to bored.

Superhoe started off in fairly mundane manner with mixed race girl Sasha singing a poor song over an extremely basic electronic backing. My worst fears were being confirmed. 

But then she breaks off to scream profanities at her mother offstage and the audience concludes she's a teenager in her bedroom. 

It also begins to unravel that she's not a shallow, self-indulgent teenager, and is in fact twenty-four and still living with her parents… well, not quite… her white mother, her mother's white boyfriend and her white younger sister. 

She's a dope smoking, swearing arrogant (non) teenager and they want rid of her…. and who wouldn't. They move. She has to find somewhere to live. 

The remainder of the monologue is her journey into online cam sex, unprotected sex parties, shallow instagram presented party gurl life and general hollowness. 

At some point I found I'd moved from my initial feeling that Sasha was just another bloody annoying teenager who thought the world owed them a living to sympathising with a vulnerable girl, not well equipped to deal with the world she found herself in and being taken advantage by people she thought were friends.

The rest is for you to find out.

The set was minimal, in fact there was nothing to it. It was just a stage. 

Sasha had one or two clothes changes and the only props were the projection of a cash machine and her songs, which definitely improved as the piece progressed.

In the end it was a fairly standard story we all know, but well told and sympathetically presented. 

It certainly took my heart with it but lacked surprise and originality and in the end  was not a satisfying afternoon at the theatre.

Superhoe continues its run at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts until Tuesday 22nd May 2019. For details, times and tickets please CLICK HERE.

by: Simon Turner


Credit Tom Woollard

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