Our hostess claims to suffer from Bovarysme, an affliction that manifests itself in a compulsive identification with fictional heroines. Covering a range of topics, from the childbearing trials of Babar’s Queen Celeste to Miss Trunchbull’s polycystic ovaries, Jessie Cave invites her book group audience to tour a fantasy world via a prop-filled set that colourfully showcases her background in illustration. Her well-crafted act also reveals a strong comic relationship between Jessie and little sister Bebe, who is hilarious in her own right. Since appearing in the Harry Potter films, Cave has launched her own comedy website and collaborated with Simon Amstell, and as you might expect from someone so clearly upwardly mobile, her first Fringe show is a great success: perfectly capturing an exuberant young book-lover, and mocking bookworms of all ages with great energy, wit and affection.
Underbelly Cowgate, 2-26 Aug (not 13), 2.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Eve Lacey]