Printable CopyLOVE & ANGER
Chancery Lane Gallery
Until 19 Feb 2017

Review by Kylie Pedler

What is the Fringe season about if not providing an opportunity for young aspiring artists to explore their inhibitions and raw material. In “Love & Anger”, CJ McLean reflects on love lost, and finding oneself.

Due to a lack of depth in story and character, the memoirs felt forced and awkward at times. This first-time cabaret performer was supported by friends in the audience, but unfortunately if you were not part of the group then many of the references were lost. Despite this, there was some valuable advice amongst the monologues: be true to yourself, stand by your dreams, learn from your mistakes and don’t forget the important people in your life.

A range of female artists were celebrated in the show; Tori Amos, Florence Welch and Kate Bush, but the songs could have worked better in a different key that supported McLean’s vocal range. Paul Sinkinson on keys was wonderful and his encouragement for McLean was moving.

With a reworking of the script and more rehearsal there is potential, however at this time the show is most likely best enjoyed after a few glasses of champagne (which were handed out freely on opening night).

Rating: 1.5 stars (out of 5)