A superb show that promotes standing up for oneself, in which Sarah Kendall’s dark imagination delivers a seamless mix of observations, storytelling, and anecdotes. Not one to kowtow to anyone, Kendall opens with a dig at her peers’ posters, explaining that the reason the world still awaits a cure for cancer must simply be because all the “geniuses” are doing stand-up and sketch shows. Kendall excels as a raconteur, which is why the climax of her show, a re-imagining of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, provides the greatest source of laughter. Displaying a wonderful sense of comedic timing, Kendall supplements this by making good use of her ham acting skills to emulate hero Ryan O’Neal. Creative, lively, and perspicacious, it is hard to find fault in this show.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug, 8.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Christopher Rumbles]