Review | The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean


This review was written for the Londonist

Did you keep a scrapbook as a kid? An oversized, blank canvas of a book that you filled with ephemera from family holidays and the like? Then you have something in common with Artemis Mood, whose intriguing scrapbook is being prodded, probed and thoroughly analysed in the Spirit Level at the Royal Festival Hall this half term week.

A bona fide doctor of scrapology – played by the utterly brilliant Shona Reppe – is leading proceedings. Clad in a lab coat, and armed with a strong magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers, she is scratching and sniffing her way to some curious conclusions about a bearded Victorian clock maker and his increasingly mysterious beau, Josephine Bean.

Playful, simple and sweet, ‘The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean’ is a small-scale, one woman detective show that uncovers a delightful secret of minute proportions hidden among some dusty pages. It would spoil the surprise if we revealed more. Aimed at everyone over seven, the parents are as enthralled as their offspring, all craning their necks to see what the sparkly eyed Reppe will pull from the scrapbook next.

See for yourself – The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean plays at the Southbank Centre until Sunday 1 June 2014.


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