With “Roller Derby Saved My Soul,” Nancy Kenny puts a touching story on wheels in a racy exploration of “family, sisterhood, and finding your place.” Amy, the character at the heart of Kenny’s first one-woman show, is neither realistically tough like Princess Leia, nor supernaturally tough like Buffy (and, okay, Leia). But she breaks into her own in this uplifting tale about a woman getting her life on track.
And Uncle Leon (the title of whose song Nancy appropriated—with permission and aplomb) is on a roll. When he sings “some girls are built for speed,” it could have been Nancy he meant. This show may whip into the lead in its debut venue, the Ottawa Fringe Festival 2011. Don’t miss it!
And, Nancy? Let me know when you go out to play roller derby! I want to come with you. (And so will everyone else.)
Hear Uncle Leon and the Alibis sing “Roller Derby Saved My Soul” here
Buy their stuff here: stuff
RACHEL EUGSTER is an actor, singer, music director, and a bunch of other stuff. She is currently appearing in Momma’s Boy at the Ottawa Fringe Festival (don’t miss that, either!). Her work as music director can be sampled at the Fringe (and in parks across Ottawa this July) in Salamander Shakespeare Co.’s production of Othello.