Late Bloomers’ Tale (written and performed by Anna Vanosi)
Sometimes, a rare treat presents itself on the Free Fringe – a show which, if the commercial fringe weren’t so profit-driven would, perhaps, be included in their paid-for listings. Italian singer, comedic storyteller, and physical performer, Anna Vanosi, together with her excellent pianist and bassist, provides an hour of beautifully crafted entertainment. From an unexpected cycling entrance to a final heart-wrenching rendition of one of the greatest songs of our time – Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ (Eat your heart out Adele) – Ms Vanosi entrances her audience throughout. In between a varied collage of songs, covering jazz, rock, standard classics, and more, this ‘late bloomer’ tells tales of childhood horrors, disappointed love, and a solo trip to the Cambodian Killing Fields. We ride the emotional trail, hanging onto every word and song, and what a voice to savour – sweet, powerful, yet always contained. Anna Vanosi, and her two musicians, deserve packed houses and a bucket full of notes to cover their trip to the Fringe. Go support them in the last few days, because this is what the open access Fringe is all about. I may even go back for more too.
REVIEWER: Kevin Short for International Times