Review: Teenage Kicks, Roisin Crowley-Linton, Edinburgh Fringe Festival By Hannah Goslin

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

I am so happy with this year’s fringe and the abundance of solo female shows. Something that I have always wanted to do myself, it is great to see such confident, talented and inspirational women storming the stages of Edinburgh.

This is no exception of Roisin Crowley-Linton. Physically and figuratively, Crowley-Linton bares absolutely all to us on stage. Crowley-Linton works with teenagers, and this brings her to compare her teenage years with those of today; to be honest about the risky and at times sensitive events she has been through, and at the same time, giving great advice.

Stand up, meets spoken word, meets music and cabaret, Crowley-Linton has put together a meaty show. But it does not feel at all overwhelming. Everything moves swiftly and smoothly into one another, drawing on each story to involve the next. We feel like we are experiencing a story, but as if we are also there having a chat with her.

There is plenty of audience interaction, but stating from the start, Crowley-Linton is not here to ‘take the piss’ out of us, nor is she here to call us out. She asks us questions such as a song that reminds us of being a teenager, or where our first kiss was. We also are encouraged to talk to one another, becoming close friends and being honest with strangers. It feels like a safe space, and she always makes sure we are okay.

Crowley-Linton is also completely hilarious. Perhaps relating more to a generation in their mid to late twenties with specifics of their teenage era, there is still an abundance of ages in the room who resonate with the themes and with her as a person.

Teenage Kicks is not just a performance. It is a friendship group. It is relaxed, honest, raw and Crowley-Linton is an incredible woman to bring a piece to stage where she opens herself up to us, unashamed and with complete humour.

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