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Review of Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould | Soho Theatre

EDINBURGH: Sh!t Theatre DollyWould Production - Photo by The Other Richard
EDINBURGH: Sh!t Theatre DollyWould Production – Photo by The Other Richard

Sh!t Theatre are performance artists Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit and DollyWould is a show overflowing with love and originality.

Following up on their award-winning sell-out show Letters to Windsor House, Sh!t Theatre continues to surprise and entertain audiences with the much more silly, but still thought-provoking DollyWould.

The gist is that Mothersole and Biscuit love Dolly Parton, they love her so much that they took a trip to Dolly Wood, the Dolly Parton Theme Park in Tennessee, and photographed every inch of their trip for their entertainment and ours. And now they’ve made us a show. It’s a show of snippets and moments, snapshots of songs, interviews, sexism, dress up, and questions about Dolly’s sexuality. Oh and Dolly the cloned sheep is in there too, along with a visit to a human body farm that investigates the decomposition of bodies.

It all combines questions about death and devotion, longevity and privacy with branding, individuality and giant bean bag mammaries. At times it’s a bit bonkers, at times the narrative takes a back seat, but it’s so fresh, unpredictable and fun that it absolutely deserves to be their ‘mainstream crossover hit’.

This is fearless theatre that reminds the audience that theatre’s most important job is to entertain, to not be dull. Sh!t Theatre prove themselves, once again, to be completely individual and that’s what we love about them.

4 stars

Review by Roz Wyllie

Following the award-winning sell-out Letters to Windsor House – which was named one of Time Out’s top ten theatre shows of the year – Sh!t Theatre return with their bold new show. DollyWould enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Supported by Norwich Arts Centre and Camden People’s Theatre. With contributions from Russel Lucas.

Soho Theatre from 19 March – 14 April 2018
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UK TOUR: Monday 19 March – Saturday 23 June 2018
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