The departure point for Sally-Anne Hayward’s stand-up show was her life since her Edinburgh run last year, meaning that she covers some trivial subjects, such as sunbathing in Australia and something significantly less trivial; the death of her father. It’s a risky tactic to bring up death so personally and Hayward dwelt on it for too long, unable to fully dispel the humourless cloud that such a subject created. However, when she moved onto different topics, such as childhood dreams, she was able to create a more light-hearted, jokey atmosphere, with excerpts from prank job applications and their responses a highlight. Hayward put an amusing spin on many of the anecdotes she had up her sleeve in a performance that was full of bright moments.
The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 1-26 Aug (not 3, 13), times vary.
tw rating 3/5 | [Emily Pulsford]