Edinburgh Fringe Review: ★★★★ Almost Adult, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, The Snug

Hope, a young woman from Macclesfield with dreams of making it in the big city, is a likeable, relatable character, especially as a fellow Northerner who moved down to London.

Written and performed by Charlotte Anne-Tiley, we hear of Hope’s excitement to move to a new place, make new friends, and find her own two feet as she finally navigates life as an adult.

Her gleeful nature is infectious and well performed, as she tells us about how excited she is to start her brand new job at Dino World. Through multi-rolling, Hope portrays other characters in her life, such as her parents, her housemate, and her colleagues turned friends. 

The use of silence is powerful and thought provoking as the piece shifts to not only a decision about a young woman moving to another city on her own, but the risks and dangers that come along with just that.

Anne-Tiley portrays different experiences of sexual harassment and the way they process that trauma. We also hear about the way that others try to diminish that trauma if we do not react in a way that is ‘correct’. 

Almost Adult is a witty commentary on a dark subject matter on an unfortunately relatable topic for women everywhere. A fantastic watch during this year’s Fringe festival.

The show is running until the 27th August at the Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, The Snug.

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller

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