Walking into the theatre space at the Assembly Roxy there is a sense of warmth created in Ane City. Introduced to Taylor Dyson’s vocals with Calum Kelly accompanying on guitar the feeling of Scotland is instant.
Settling into the production, the personable character of Tay takes us on her return home from university. There is an immediate sense of tension between Tay’s feelings on her hometown of Dundee and of the life created studying in Glasgow. It is apparent that there is more to Tay’s return than her first summer home. This plays out for the audience through Tay’s night out reunion with friends. We are treated to a night out in Dundee with Tay. Exploring tacky pubs and revelations on the McManus steps with Rabbie Burns.
Whilst the storyline is over-familiar and well trodden the beauty of the work of Elfie Picket Theatre is the style of delivery. The underpinning theme and message of women being able to live without limitation.
The performance lapses into poetry and accompanying music which successfully allow this to be more than a story of a drunken night out. The talent of Taylor Dyson not only offers a variety of style but the humour and tension of her night out. From taxi driver, to sister, to a reunion with an ex. Whilst the story could be tightened it contains the breadth and depth which allows the audience to be entertained and challenged.
The strength of the Scottish voice can be overwhelming at times, and this again offers beauty. The sense of the need for belonging is constant. The challenges of life between Glasgow and Dundee don’t need to be known as the performance ensures they are understood.
Having sought out pieces at the Edinburgh Fringe which enable female voices to be heard, Ane City delivered. Exploring the feeling of belonging beyond a place of home and into identity, Ane City successfully focuses on the need for the working class and women to live without limitation.
Ane City is at the Assembly Roxy as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 14.20 until Monday 26th August.
Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe through the Network of Independent Critics. All views and opinions contained are my own.