Fringe Review: Labels


Presented by Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award 2015 in association with Worklight Theatre
Reviewed 10 February 2016

We as a species label everything – I’ve just done it labelling humans as a ‘species’ (not to mention ‘humans’). Labels define us. But some labels need not, or indeed, should not be.

This one-man performance by Joe Sellman-Leava is, in a way, hard to label. It is entertaining, humorous, though-provoking and truthful.

Sellman-Leava, armed with only an intriguing box of tricks, enters onto a bare but leaves it littered with labels that he has cast off; names he hates and things he isn’t. He is extremely likable, but can vent anger and frustration superbly.

The only down-side to this fascinating and insightful look into ourselves, is that there are a lot of British political references that tend to be unfamiliar to we Aussies.

But apart from that, let’s label the show “Well Worth Seeing”.

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Venue: Holden Street Theatres – The Studio   34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh
Season: 9 February – 13 March 2016
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $15 – $26
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Well Worth Seeing

Entertaining, humorous, though-provoking and truthful.

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