With the theatrical swarm migrating to Edinburgh, London audiences are liable to feel left out. Be thankful, then, for this taste of pure fringe, courtesy of the Lion and Unicorn’s in-house company, Giant Olive.
Drama tends to pinpoint the loss of innocence in a single, Earth-shattering psychotic moment. ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ is more honest about it, showing a gradual erosion of naivety. For Rachel, adulthood starts at six with the epiphany that she was ‘made by sex’, moving through realisations of parental fallibility to first fumbles in a field.
Adapted from six stories by Raphaële Moussafir, ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ is made by Caroline Horton’s winning performance, which shows the onset of adulthood sped up by a time-warp camera.
Horton is a master caricaturist with a real eye for comic essentials. As a gangly six year old, she’s fidgety and attention-seeking, always turning her face our way for nodding approval. By the time adolescence sets in, she grows a surly, knowing edge.
Nostalgic, whimsical and a little bit batty, ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ is a delight.