Toilets at the fringe are never something to write home about and this performance takes us to a club toilet, lipstick messages still fresh on the walls and of course, no loo roll. Written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and performed solely by Jess Mabel Jones, Torch is at Underbelly Cowgate this festival and it’s a punched fist in the air kinda performance.
We’re introduced to a nameless female who embarks on tales of past boyfriends, the disappointment of her relationships and a longing to reignite her teenage self. Interspersed with brilliant pop classics which could have been belted out in front of the mirror or in a taxi home from a night out, Jess Mabel Jones really does it for the girls showing off an incredible set of lungs as well as the glittery personality beneath the script.
Despite the tales of eating disorders and regret, she becomes able to celebrate her grown up self and while the whirlwind performance leaves little room for reflection, this is a cracker of a production. As black balloons burst and songs light up the stage, the antics and revelations are compelling, humorous and touching, getting the audience on side from the word go.
Leaving completely blown away by Jess Mabel Jones’ committed performance: this is full of feisty spirit, female belief and relatable anecdotes, and Torch is definitely one of the gems of the festival.
Torch | Underbelly Cowgate | 20:50