Edinburgh Fringe digital review: Boy Crazy Psycho Slut

Jo Dellapina’s solo show with Unmuted Participants for the Edinburgh Fringe reflects on the labels society has given her from the age of five to pushing fifty.

The stories may be true, the labels might be flattering, the decisions are both Jo’s and ours. The title Boy Crazy Psycho Slut might suggest something in the mental health sphere, or something in the unstable lush line – instead we jump forward in regular time intervals as the character grows.

Being called “boy crazy” at the age of five, discovering A Clockwork Orange and Rock ‘n’ Roll Highschool at ten sounds like a recipe for an interesting evolution to becoming a teen.

Developing a thing for The Ramones (we all have our guilty pleasures, right?) is completely understandable. Every nice girl loves a rebel.

Promotional image for Boy Crazy Psycho Slut

This show is really well-constructed and performed, and although set in the USA it will resonate with those of a similar vintage, who remember first crush, first single, first Saturday job, first break-up.

In its poignancy and honest amusement, this creative account of Dellapina’s life from friendship to inadequacy, from love to heartbreak hits the spot.

It never feels anything more or less than a piece of theatrical monologue, but it also has a realism that pulls its auduence in. This Jo, real or not, is a fully-defined person, as hapoy, sad, damaged or positive as any of us.

Boy Crazy Psycho Slut plays in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe through August (tickets here), and is available through C Arts.

****

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