Sara Schaefer @ Pleasance Courtyard

An intelligent debut about politics, Jesus and crafts.

Review by Polly Glynn | 07 Aug 2017
  • Sara Schaefer

Sara Schaefer is shaking audience members' hands and saying "I did not vote for him." From the moment the show starts you can tell this won’t just be an hour of tedious politic-bashing. Indeed, it is quiet and understated, a far cry from the obnoxious howling of online political experts. Schaefer’s upbringing in the Bible-Belt Virginia doubtless means she’s seen her fair share of this.

Satisfyingly, the hour isn’t all Trumpageddon; Jesus also comes along for the ride. Schaefer openly admits she’s seduced by campfires and flannel-wearing men, the perfect accompaniment to religious summer camps. She’s not, however, seduced by being locked in a barn where clowns mime the death of Our Lord and Saviour, like the worst version of Stephen King’s It. There’s also discussion about the morals of Hobby Lobby, an American craft shop who might be funding terrorism and definitely not birth control. Her mother’s death is touchingly explored too, but could easily be a show in its own right and adds to a sense the show somehow doesn't feel complete.

It is very smart and dark though – and you can’t stop the Little White Box song sinking into your brain.

This review is based on a preview performance.

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box, Pleasance Courtyard (That), 2-28 Aug (not 14), 6pm, £8.50-£12.50 http://www.pleasance.co.uk