‘A one-woman emotional tornado’: SUPERHOE – Royal Court

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Royal Court Theatre, London – until 16 February 2019
Guest reviewer: Romy Foster

Nicôle Lecky’s play is an 85-minute, one-woman emotional tornado. She rip-roars across the stage as Sasha Clayton, a typical hell-raising London girl who is 24 and feels like she’s going nowhere with her life. (Hello, did someone say relatable?) Sasha is an aspiring musician who finds herself at a loss and becomes homeless when her ‘perfect’ family kick her out and move to Kent. It’s at this point that she beings to slip into the seemingly enticing world of sex work and the luxuries that come with it.

Led down a dangerous path by new friend Carly, Sasha finds herself in unfamiliar territory. She is exploited and left vulnerable and scared, which seems so different from her “I’ll kick you in the cunt” attitude at the beginning. Despite the odds, she finds herself help and manages to get her head above water again.

Although a seemingly gruesome story, scenes are broken up with catchy songs and raps (written by Lecky and The Last Skeptik) depicting her ‘premium pussy’, providing much-needed comic relief.

Essentially, Superhoe is a story about losing and then finding yourself again. Lecky also  takes us on a journey through our warped view of social media and what it means to be a dreamer. Her performance is electric, engaging and impressive with her stamina and fast-paced multi-rolling. She really is a superhero in her own right.

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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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