The transition from child to adulthood can be a challenging one. Even more so if you are in the public eye. If you ever wondered what happened to that relentlessly optimistic little scamp after she was adopted by America’s richest billionaire, Katherine Bourne Taylor’s Grown Up Orphan Annie has the answers.
When we meet Orphan Annie as an adult (played to nuanced perfection by Katherine Bourne Taylor), despite her natural upbeat nature, her grown-up life has had some hard knocks. Following an estrangement with her adopted father, Daddy Warbucks – who in case we forget is an oil tycoon and a war baron, the clue’s in the name! – he has passed away leaving Annie nothing. As Shakespeare warned “When sorrows come, they come not single spies” and we learn of the betrayal of her sidekick, her pet dog Sandy. And now, she doesn’t even own the rights to the songs that made her famous. Think of her as a redheaded Taylor Swift.
Determined to stick up her chin and grin at such misfortune, she has become a woman with a mission. (Annie, not Taylor) Or several missions to be precise. To befriend the members of the audience. To find a new sidekick. And to propel herself to stardom again. Or at least out of her dire financial situation – which extends even beyond playing the Edinburgh Fringe!
Free Keiko, free the Four Stars – ★★★★