LOSING MY MINDFULNESS – Edinburgh Fringe

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Our company is restructuring and every one of us has to reapply for our jobs. Tensions are running high, but don’t worry! Our caring employers have asked one of the HR team to lead us in a Mindfulness workshop to help us cope. The thing is that this workshop leader’s life is falling apart as well, and the skeletons are tumbling out of her closet quicker than she can put them back in.

Katie McLeod plays our cheery, corporate facilitator with a self-taught mindfulness practice, but her disorganisation, debt and crumbling relationship are interfering with the exercises she’s trying to lead – to hilarious effect. McLeod is a hugely watchable character actor oozing with snarky wit and confidence. She has created an overblown, high-camp character drawing on clowning, improv and melodrama that is hilarious, tragic and instantly recognisable.

The production values are minimal but McLeod holds the stage for the duration of the show. The tight narrative sometimes appears to wander, but always loops back on track later and proves the purpose of its diversions. The length is just about right for this solo performance, though this is a character that could easily lead to more shows or sketches.

This comedy and theatre hybrid has little to fault and will appeal to a broad range of fringe audiences. Stress and tension create heightened, convincing comedy that’s relatable and inclusive – many people will be able to sympathise with the helplessness of job insecurity and a unstable home life. This polished, well-performed show is sure to be a highlight of this year’s free fringe.

Losing My Mindfulness runs through 25 August.

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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 Kressly on Twitter
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.