Reviews - Fringe 2016

Saor (Free)

By Jessica Rose
Published July 24, 2016

Carlyn Rhamey can't get her life together. She drinks alone. She suffers from ADHD. She's probably going to die alone. (Her words, not mine.) She's also prone to mortifying moments, many of which involve exposing her underwear.

"My life has always been a lighthearted trainwreck," Rhamey says of these awkward moments that are central to her one-woman autobiographical show, Saor (Free). However, this humorous and exciting show isn't only about underwear fails and the all-too-common sad-in-love trope. Above all, it's about travel.

Sharing the stage with a bulletin board filled with souvenirs and postcards, Rhamey tells stories she accumulated as a solo traveler in the United Kingdom, sharing experiences with locals and fellow travelers she met along the way. Part Eat, Pray, Love part Bridesmaids, you can't help but fall in love with Rhamey for baring it all.

Rhamey exudes excitement from the moment she steps on the stage. Her performance isn't perfect, but it's this awkwardness that make Rhamey so easy to relate to and so likeable. Audiences can't help but laugh at her off-the-cuff Irish and Scottish accents and cringe-worthy stories.

"I did this. I did this incredible thing on my own," says Rhamey in one of the plays more tender moments. Saor (Free) is the perfect play for anyone who is grappling with their identity, and asking themselves, "What's next?"

Since earning a degree in journalism from Carleton University, Jessica Rose has written for publications in Hamilton and across Canada. Her book reviews have appeared in many magazines, including Quill and Quire, Room, Ricepaper, This, the Humber Literary Review, and on rabble.ca. Jessica sits on the board of gritLIT: Hamilton's Readers and Writers Festival. She writes "Shelf Life," Hamilton Magazine's books column and she's also a senior editor for the upcoming Hamilton Review of Books. You can find her blogging on her website, Not My Typewriter, and the Hamilton Arts Council.

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