Note: This review is from the 2015 Fringe

@ Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, until Sun 30 Aug @ 11:20

Caroline Horton is celebrating the fifth anniversary of her successful show You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy by performing the personal story once again at the Pleasance. The performance is Caroline’s amusing and personal interpretation of how her French grandmother (Christiane Horton) met her English grandfather (Cyril Horton). The touching story takes place during World War Two and the back drop is occupied Paris where the lovers have been separated. Christiane desperately attempts to keep in contact with her English fiancé so they can tie the knot when the war is over. She makes futile attempts in contacting the love of her life through letters and persists throughout the Nazi occupation of Paris.

Caroline Horton enters the performance space at the Pleasance Courtyard in a fluster. She is awkwardly carrying several suitcases and speaks in an outrageous French accent. Caroline is playing the role of her grandmother Christiane and endears herself to the audience with witty misinterpretations of common English phrases. Christiane begins to describe her meeting with Cyril and takes the audience on a journey that expresses the whimsy and joy of being in love.

You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy is as funny as it is touching. The love and closeness that the performer has with the story is at the core of what makes the it so special. There is a raw emotion in the story that Caroline Horton conveys with the right amount of laughter and heart warming drama. Hopefully You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy will receive more revivals in the future as it is one of the most enjoyable and emotional hours you can experience in a theatre.