Reviewer: Helen Jones
Luisa Omielan has an obsession with Beyonce. But while she is obviously a fan of both the woman and her music, her one-woman comedy show is more than a slavish dedication to the international star. Having graduated with a first class degree from Salford University, Miss Omielan found that the world wasn’t offering her the instant successful celebrity lifestyle that the younger generation is encouraged to expect these days. Instead she was signing on for four years and living a more mundane life. In order to cope she decided that when faced with life’s situations, she would consider what the diva Beyonce would do instead.
Talking at a mile a minute, Miss Omielan takes us through various aspects of her life, some funny but some serious. At thirty years old she found herself moving back in with her mother, having been dumped by her boyfriend and not wanting to continue paying rent on a London flat. She explores her attitude to men and sex, not stinting on either the language or graphic content of her exploits. She discusses her failed relationship and her feelings at being replaced by another woman and her relationship with various members of her family. She gently pokes fun at her mother. But the serious events are countered by irreverent recollections of circumstances when she channelled her beloved star to get through them.
The whole show is interspersed with references to Beyonce and why things that are happening to Miss Omielan would never happen to the pop star. The singer’s songs are used to both emphasise elements of the comedy and to allow both the audience and Miss Omielan to have a ‘rave’. Miss Omeilan is in and out of the audience, both while dancing and while talking, and the audience participation is a vital ingredient to the whole. She encourages the interaction and allows the diversions to control some of the humour.
Miss Omielan is a charismatic performer, with a sharp wit and great timing, unfortunately the constant swearing and graphic language tend to overshadow the real comedy, a little less bad language could turn a good show into something better.