Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
A young woman sits in her room telling her life to an old cassette recorder, trying to put some truth down for an as yet unrevealed listener. Outside, her mother bangs on the door sounding more worried than angry. It is Texas, 1969, the Vietnam war is on, Rock and Roll is emerging in far away places and "the times they are a-changing". The story she tells is of her struggle to leave this hick town behind, to escape its clutches and make a new, exciting, life elsewhere, Anywhere else in fact. But the small town keeps following her as she become more and more lost in the world of music, bars and free love.
Victoria Rigby wrote and performs this touching piece with a rare subtelty, at times fragile and at others strident. Her character, Jannie, may be angry and egotistical but she is also vulnerable, not least because she's living at a time without strong female role models and where even her young Texan man sees teir relationship as one that he owns and controls.
This is a touching piece, gentle but with a twist and Victoria sings beautifully. highly recommended