‘Enthralling if partially unfulfilling’: JOY – Vault Festival #Vault2018

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The Vaults, London
Guest reviewer: Ava Davies

All Good Artists Are Dead returns with its second show as a collective: Joy is a wide-ranging and stretchy exploration of diaspora and sex. Dina Gordon performs as Joy, a woman who contains multitudes.

It is the final dregs of a night out – Andrea Giordani is still DJing onstage but no one is dancing. Joy speaks to her boyfriend, John – an inflatable sex doll. Screams at him. Sings to him. She’s looking for connection.

We occupy this liminal space with Joy – she weaves stories for us and they intertwine and overlap so we can’t even begin to make out where they begin and end. Giordani’s pulsing electro underpins the piece and pushes Joy forward and backwards, into and through the past, present and future.

Gordon’s writing is evocative, if impenetrable. The stretchiness of her narratives and density of the script make the piece difficult to pin down. Joy, ultimately, is an enthralling if partially unfulfilling experience.

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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 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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