‘Keeps us interested & entertained throughout’: ASSMONKEY: IN CONVERSATION – Vault Festival #Vault2018

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The Vaults, London
Guest reviewer: Amy Toledano

To say that Assmonkey: In Conversation is a show like any other at The Vaults is doing it a disservice. Original, laugh-out-loud funny, and at times touching, this show, created and performed by Sophia Del Pizzo, is something not to be missed.

Assmonkey is an interactive comedy piece dealing with the delicate subjects of anxiety, depression and mental health. In saying that though, the show itself is anything but delicate, often referencing masturbation and diarrhoea. Del Pizzo also uses the medium of video to speak directly to the audience which keeps us interested and entertained throughout.

Del Pizzo has given her anxiety the name ‘Assmonkey’. Throughout the show, we discover that she has been working hard to improve herself. She is trying to overcome the anxiety that cripples her on a daily basis and has found the best way to do so is making it more tangible.

It is worth mentioning Del Pizzo’s skilled character work. She introduces us to various different personalities including a cat-obsessed, middle-class, yummy mummy and a Russian “doctor” who brings a member of the audience on stage in order to experiment with feelings of anxiety.

Laura Kressly
Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura Kressly
Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.