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Rachel Rooney Is Very Good At Catriona

After having its initial outing at the Jermyn Street Theatre’s Footprints Festival, Jump Spark Theatre with Omnibus Theatre have a full-scale production of The Girl Who Was Very Good At Lying for a three-week run, writes Christopher Peacock. 

This one-woman show revolves around Catriona, a young girl working in a bar in a small northern Irish town. The arrival of an American tourist at the pub leads to the telling of tall tales as Catriona takes it upon herself to be a tour guide for the man from Ohio. 

With the title alone and how Catriona brags of her ability to lie, we know we are in the realms of the unreliable narrator. So as the tales get taller it becomes harder to see the truth, yet Rachel Rooney as Catriona does a brilliant job of keeping us intrigued and wanting to know where her lies might get her.

Eoin McAndrew’s script helps in keeping Catriona grounded and relatable. It is too easy, when confronted with unreliable narrators, to alienate audiences but Catriona is likeable from the outset and you certainly root for her, even when she makes questionable decisions.

The one hour running time is perfect for this style of show, pacy and entertaining, it doesn’t let up. With the bars and restaurants of Clapham buzzing with life again, you certainly wouldn’t be let down by a trip to The Omnibus Theatre. Whether you have a pre-show meal and are capping your night off with the performance or using the show as a starting point for your night out, The Girl Who Was Very Good At Lying is ideal for either.

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW until 21 November. Admission: £11 / £13

Box Office: / 0207 498 4699


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