Tickbox 2 review – Edinburgh Festival Fringe ★★★★☆

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Lubna Kerr returns to the Fringe with Tickbox 2, her sequel (of sorts) to last year’s Tickbox.

In this 60-minute piece of storytelling, Kerr continues to relate stories of her family’s experiences in 1960s Glasgow, as they acclimatise to life in Scotland.

The ‘Tickbox’ of the title refers both to the expectations placed on Kerr by her family, as well as wider society’s need to pigeonhole Kerr and her relatives. Opportunities to ‘break barriers’ are afforded only when someone will be able to ‘tick a box’ and fulfil a diversity requirement.

The subject matter could easily be depressing. As well as racism, much of it not so subtle, Kerr personally has to endure everyday sexism.

Kerr’s skill however is in telling her stories with warmth and humour. She does not want your pity or your apologies. She wants you to try to understand.

There’s a hilarious extended sequence about being a Brownie as a young girl. It’s a recognisable experience to anyone who was in the organisation.

Since the last iteration of the show, Kerr’s writing has become tighter. The words are sharper and more political. Kerr had to experience the worst of human behaviour when she came to Scotland. She worries that we are seeing a rise in such behaviours again. It’s a very valid concern.

This is a warm-hearted, big-hearted hour of theatre. Plus, if you are in the queue early enough, you will be rewarded with a Tunnocks Wafer. Bribery? Tickbox!

Tickbox 2 continues at The Pleasance Courtyard, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe, until 27th August.

Featured Image Credit – Edinburgh Fringe Society

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