I have recently become a little bit obsessed with the idea of cults, believing all the slightly sensationalist but topical celeb gossip about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and the crazy world of scientology. I did not realise that Jehovah's Witnesses are in a cult. I did not realise that Deborah Frances-White used to be in this cult. This is her - cleverly told - story of her days spent knocking on doors (but not doing yoga) and why she finally realised that being a Jehovah’s Witness was not really for her.
Those of us who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses know that we should avoid them. In fact all of the audience members who had been called upon by a Jehovah’s Witness admitted that they had hidden from them, but none of them could tell you why. Deborah explains exactly why you are supposed to hide from them and that when she was 18 that was her. It is a very interesting topic, I’m surprised the BBC haven’t made an Episode of Panorama about it (I hope they haven’t – I’d be really sad if I missed it). But it’s not just the fascinating subject, the way in which she approaches the topic is hilarious and silly – with a good use of props and the audience - yet as she herself used to believe it, it’s ok to laugh - like the way you would joke about a member of your family. Deborah has both natural wit and a weird upbringing which always makes for a great fringe show.
Deborah Frances-White: Cult Following
Until 27 August, 16:15
Picture: Idil Sukan
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