|Jessie Cave: Bookworm|
|Published on Saturday, 11 August 2012|
Jessie Cave is starting a book club called Bookworms United. It’s a place to celebrate Narnia, Sweet Valley High and Lisbeth Salander. A marvellous safe haven for all of us who have taken refuge from life’s cruel blows in books. And it is an utter joy.
Cave, our hostess for this extraordinary show, is a quite staggering comic creation. Part real, the details of Cave’s own life, such as appearing in Harry Potter, are interwoven into this heightened, hilarious character - who has four siblings all named after international tennis players. The colourful set has a distinct Josie Long aesthetic, and Cave’s sister BB helps out, while trying to get her own performance about The Hunger Games into the show.
The whole thing is consistently very funny, experimental and often surreal. A cleverly introduced audience plant comes up on stage and takes over, reading out one of the more famously over-descriptive passages from 50 Shades of Gray. Tribute is paid to Celeste, the long-suffering and over-looked wife from the Babar books. A song about the untimely death of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo author Steig Larson is both gleefully histrionic and poignant. And there are also shadow puppets… shadow puppets telling a story that is supposedly inspired by Madame Bovary and the Yellow Wallpaper, but also takes place in a Surrey nightclub.
This show has a distinct, possibly unique mood and maintains it consistently throughout. The performers are all exquisitely suited to their roles, and the whole thing is a proper don’t-want-this-to-end joy. And it’s an especially enjoyable show for anyone who ever nursed and impossible crush on the ever-misunderstood Edmund Pevensie.
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