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Roller Derby Saved My Soul

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The female protagonist of this one-woman Ottawa production is wasting away on her couch, munching popcorn as she watches reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, wishing she too could kick some bloodsucker butt. Her basement apartment is indicative of her social standing and how she measures up to her high-achieving older sister, a roller-derby star.

Writer-performer Nancy Kenny tells a familiar story of redemption, overcoming insecurities and leaving self-loathing behind through, of all things, roller derby. After watching the long-legged, Amazonian jammers and blockers — whom she immediately idolizes as superheroes — she signs up for a tryout and, well, the show’s title reveals what happens next. She becomes a Buffy on skates, slaying her personal demons.

Kenny does it all, whirling around the stage track in full gear while relating the new jammer’s first game against the rival Baby Dolls. The you-go-girl message is hardly new, but always worth hearing.

— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)

From the Fringe program:

Director: Tania Levy

 

Cast: Nancy Kenny

 

Comics, fandom and the struggles of the introvert. In a world of tropes, one woman gets off the couch and unleashes the hero within in this critically acclaimed action-adventure comedy on roller skates.

 

**** - Global TV and Vue Weekly

"(RDSMS) skates straight into your heart." – Edmonton Journal

"Kenny is a charmer...undeniably original." – Montreal Gazette

Best in Fest at the Ottawa Fringe and Critic's Pick at the Atlantic Fringe

 

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Warnings: Mild Language

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