'In this way I shall preserve many things that would otherwise be lost in oblivion. I shall find daily employment for myself, which will save me from indolence and help to keep off the spleen, and I shall lay up a store of entertainment for my after life.'

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This blog mainly contains reviews from the Edinburgh Festivals from 2008 to 2010 which I wrote for the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. These reviews cover everything from comedy to contemporary dance; children's theatre to Handel.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Fiona O'Loughlin Review

Fiona O'Loughlin

A woman who would ‘rather eat a Toblerone than have sex’, Fiona O’Loughlin captures the look of despair in the eyes of many mothers above a certain age. Listening to her rant about her giant Catholic family, Sudanese psychiatrist, thespian son and nervous breakdown brought about, in part, by Nicole Kidman, it was surely a matter of time before she would get on stage to laugh about it all. Her show is essentially is a collection of sometimes painful personal stories, a wonderful self mockery and dark sense of humour being revealed in the process.
A tragic air shrouds much of O’Loughlin’s material, yet it is a carefree tragedy; one plied with a few gin and tonics and made to enjoy itself. The performance also strikes of a form of self-administered therapy – and this is often when the laughs come hardest. On top of this a conversational Ozzie drawl makes her a good connector with the audience.

Yet the show often lacks momentum, and there is only a trickle of genuinely funny material. The performance falls squarely into the thoroughly ‘average’ pile, and while her anecdotes would make her a great focus of attention at dinner parties (or is that Barbecues?) standing up and entertaining for an hour is a different business altogether.

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