Comedy review: Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt?

Claire Dowie. Picture: Comp
Claire Dowie. Picture: Comp
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CLAIRE Dowie’s resurrection of her one-woman, award-winning comedy on sexual stereotyping is one of Fringe 2013 hidden gems.

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Hill Street Theatre

Tucked away in the Hill Street Theatre, Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt? is hilarious, angry, empowering, political, confused, tragic, subversive but most of all, human.

Tour de force performances are few and far between. It’s a phrase often bandied about without being truly earned. In this one-hour piece Dowie gives just that. A performer at the top of her game, she is more than comfortable on stage, challenging, cajoling, teasing and befriending her audience under the expert direction of Colin Watkeys.

Now a period piece, this play premiered at the Traverse in 1990, but its wonderfully satirical message on the dangers of stereotyping still resonates today.

Until 25 August