Reviewer: John Roberts
As the crowd shuffles in, a mysterious feminine figure in a morphsuit dances alone to 90s dance music, throwing shapes like they just don’t care. And that’s the underlying message in Aisling Bea’s sold out Edinburgh Fringe run… You need to bring the confidence to the table and own what you do; however, getting to that point/message seems a little sporadic and messy.
Tackling her upbringing in rural Ireland by a small army of women to battling randy pirates with body odour, her material is varied – a little surreal at times but it does provide an insight into her thinking and her slightly unconventional look at the world.
It’s an enjoyable hour; at times the jokes don’t seem to land as well as one would hope, but this could be due to it being a slightly lethargic and sweltering Sunday night audience, or it could be that a lot of her material still feels like it’s in development and struggling to make a connection with her audience… One hopes it’s the former of the two as Bea is highly likeable and has more than proven herself as a strong comedian over the past year on various TV panel shows.
It might not be the funniest or tightest hour of comedy on the fringe, but it certainly shows that she has real potential – it’s just that her set needs more focus and the confidence to find a few more punchlines to really hit the bullseye.