Bridget Jones on steroids

Single 40-something ‘Cynical Sue’ posted this fabulous anonymous review of Melanie Branton’s My Cloth-Eared Heart

This lyrical masterpiece pulls no punches. Branton’s pit-of-the-stomach bile is drawn to the surface in the telling of a woman’s struggle with painful disappointments, dashed hopes and unrequieted love that repeatedly turns sour.

Her razor-sharp undertones of passive rage spill out at a lifetime of being lied to, given false hope and patronised by society who use sayings to reassure that love will miraculously appear just around the corner, such as ‘there’s a light at the end of the tunnel’.

It’s a refreshing, albeit brutal repertoire of poems and spoken word based on ‘the truth’. Finally someone has said it: ‘Cinderella may not even make it to the ball.’

As my long-suffering, single-for-many-years friend always said: ‘The light at the end of the tunnel is an on-coming train.’

Melanie touches on the whispering fears of many a single lass of a certain age and in doing so highlights we are not alone in our plight and the harsh truth sets us free. This is a must-see show.

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