Freefall with Pansy Maude! From Hollywood parties to African huts and beyond... Extremely visually challenged, Pansy’s quirky view of life is possibly tinged by the way she sees it - or not as the case may be. Pansy is free thinking, foolish, fearless, feisty and fabulous, but she is wrapped in a sunny world of soft edges and clouds of smiling colours, as she ventures into the dark shadows of menace, violence and self destruction. Why not suck it and see?
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Pansy Maude's rather erratic autobiography flips from Hollywood to Australia (and various places in between), covering adventures with her father in childhood, through to some of the more unusual acting roles she has done, filtered through the blurred miasma of extreme short-sightedness. By turns wildly hilarious or disturbingly dark, you are kept slightly off-balance throughout, as a picture of Pansy's life gradually emerges, with the ending, although predictable, completing the tale rather elegantly.
The whole drama is written and performed by Katy Manning (Dr. Who's Jo Grant/Jones), who freely admits that some elements are based on her own life experiences, although one hopes some parts are more fictional than factual. The audio presentation is up there with the best of Big Finish's work, adding to and supporting the story rather than detracting from it.
One minor niggle stops this from getting the full five stars - the language. I firmly endorse Big Finish's warning that this range (and this title in particular) is NOT suitable for a younger audience and I would caution anyone who has issues with strong language to consider the sheer quantity included here. And that is really what irritated me: yes, the story and circumstances would naturally engender such strong invective, but it should have been used to add impact when necessary, as opposed to flung in so often that by the end you don't even react to it. Perhaps the best analogy is the contrast between the first 2 or 3 episodes of Torchwood and either Doctor Who or later episodes/series of Torchwood itself. It feels as though there has been a conscious effort to gratuitously include as much as possible as opposed to using it more lightly and therefore more effectively.
Setting aside the niggle, I found the story and presentation to be outstanding and I will definitely revisit Pansy's unfocused world when I need a somewhat 'different' perspective on life. (Posted on 11 January 2013)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Likely
Product InformationRunning Time: 1hrs 12min Publisher: Big Finish Productions Number of CDs: 1 File Quality: MP3 (256 kbps) Release Date: 20/04/2012 CD ISBN: 9781844355525
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