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August 11, 2023

REVIEW: Self Raising, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Fringe ✭✭✭✭✭

By

pauldavies

Paul T Davies reviews Self Raising written by Mike Kenny and Jenny Sealey presented at the Pleasance Dome as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Photo: Tiu Makkonen
Self Raising
Pleasance Dome
10 August 2023
5 Stars Book Tickets

Jenny Sealy, Artistic director of Graeae, tells her story and the secrets in her family, in this warm, open and captivating show. As you'd expect from Graeae, the show is fully accessible and the sharing of the secrets are told with no anger or judgement, but really comments on the pressure previous generations were under to hide truths, because the risk of shame was so damnable.
Photo: Tiu Makkonen

The show was originally going to be an adaptation of Anne Fines's book The Flour Babies, and bags of flour are handed out for members of audience to look after. They represent, as we find out, Jenny's family, and we get to know them through family photographs and anecdotes. The piece is a fine example of the power of catharsis, of telling your story when it is safe to do so.
Photo: Tiu Makkonen It felt like a privilege having this life story shared with us, and after hearing the story, her strength and pride shine through. Disability? We need to find another word. Highly recommended.








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Opening Night Media Ltd
3rd Floor, 80 St. Martin’s Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4AA

The British Theatre website has been established to celebrate the rich and diverse theatrical culture of the United Kingdom.  Our ethos revolves around encouraging and nurturing the performing arts in all its forms. The spirit of theatre is very much alive and the British Theatre website is at the forefront of delivering news and information to audiences and enthusiasts everywhere. Our team of theatre journalists and reviewers are working hard to cover productions and news.


We are constantly developing the site and are always open to receiving feedback from our readers. Join our mailing list to be kept informed of all the latest news that is of interest to you..