Grandma Ray Live Drawing Show at the Gilded Balloon
at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
A show about my Russian Jewish grandma's immigration to the UK, our friendship and the secret we shared.
4 star review from The Scotsman
"This multimedia autobiographical play that, through a smart structure, turns into a celebration of the determination of Lisa’s Grandma Ray – an “East End Cockney who sometimes went posh” – to be the person she wanted to be.
Whilst Lisa tells us she wishes she had grown up as "a New York Jew" as a performer she has all of the sassiness...She's also sharp and sexy in a nonchalent kind of way.
A tale that also touches on being a gay woman in the 21st century, its final message of defiance in the face of prejudice is one that’s as relevant now as it ever was."
The Scotsman: Sally Stott.
"Theatre seems to have the capacity to embrace every medium, and with the burst of multimedia it is satisfying to encounter similar activity at the more hands-on end of the spectrum, such as bringing live art onto the stage. Which is precisely what Lisa Gornick does in this engaging evocation of empowerment across the generations.....Perfect for festivals, Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show will also suit many theatres with wider programming remits."
The Stage: Nick Awde
"She illustrates her story not just through drawing however, but with the use of music, comedy and performance. This really brings it all together and gives the show a deeper dimension....It’s nice to step outside ourselves sometimes and listen to someone else’s story and Gornick’s is such an inventive way of telling it. Watching someone draw feels soothing and relaxing, so this is one if you’re feeling frazzled from the fringe frenzy beyond the door. If you’re lucky, you may even have your portrait drawn."
The Reviews Hub: Jaclyn Martin
"..very entertaining, but with a sense of intimacy and comfort which makes the story's more poignant moments even more powerful...Lisa Gornick's Live Drawing Show is a gentle, charming hour of entertainment, which builds meticulously from larking about to a genuinely moving conclusion...this is a remarkable piece of entertainment."
EdFringeReview: William Shaw