Theatre review: Getting to Know Katie, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Jonathan Ashby-Rock’s grandmother Katie led a full life – evacuated during the Coventry blitz, blazed a trail as one of the few female classical violinists in the UK at the time, moved to a commune after her divorce, studied astrology and was ultimately robbed of these memories by dementia.

Getting to Know Katie, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Getting to Know Katie, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

Getting to Know Katie, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh * *

So Ashby-Rock made this show for her. Events have overtaken him – Katie died in May and the family found a box of her writings and photographs which are now integrated into Ashby-Rock’s sweetly sentimental monologue, injecting a little colour and variety into a rather banal account of a not-so-banal life.

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Until 26 August

Fiona Shepherd

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