Edinburgh Fringe Review - Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

In the a followup to her much lauded one woman show Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, which played during the Fringe last year, Rebecca Perry returns to the role of sweet and likable coffeeshop girl Joanie as she heads to Africa to work with primatologist Jane Goodall in Tanzania. Perry's enthusiastic energy and endearingly gawky protagonist is an engaging lead who keeps the audience entertained and charmed throughout.
Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl is a fun romp, with plenty of atmosphere, and Joanie addresses the audience as if she is writing in her diary, and that intimacy and personal connection with the audience is what really sweetens the show. While the story feels a little inconsequential in the end, Perry's performance is never anything less than delightful to watch and the show's clever melding of dialogue and music makes for a captivating and whimsical hour long show, and Perry is personable as the red headed protagonist.

The show's cliffhanger ending is slightly unusual, but it leaves the audience wanting more. Hopefully Edinburgh Fringe fans will be treated to another instalment of Joanie's adventures at next year's Fringe. But until then catch Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl at the Gilded Balloon Teviot until the 29th of August.