Charlie Russell Aims To Please Review
Review by Callum Stott.
"Charlie Russell Aims to Please is a brilliantly written show with all the fun you would expect from Charlie"
Mischief Theatre’s latest offering comes in this one-woman show in which Charlie Russell tries her best to create a performance in which everyone walks out of the theatre feeling pleased. In this entertaining hour full of comedic moments, and emotional glimpses into her life, I certainly left the theatre feeling pleased by her performance.
Charlie Russell Aims to Please is a real showcase of her versatility as a performer, with sections focused on the types of shows people love to enjoy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including Dance, Stand-up, and serious drama. She performs these all with precision, with pre-recorded segments teaming up well with her live performance adding additional energy to the show.
The second half of the performance had a greater emotional maturity to it, rather than the first half's – almost variety-type show – moments. Without going into this in too much detail, I would say understanding more about Charlie and her story was the most surprising part of the show. It is emotional to hear her story and her desire to do well in her life, and this made me relate to her and understand her far greater than I would have expected to in an hour-long Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.
Charlie Russell Aims to Please is a brilliantly written show with all the fun you would expect from Charlie, as well as having an emotional undertone that sets it well apart from being simply just a variety show.