Luisa Omielan’s show ‘What Would Beyonce Do?’ combines her adoration for the superstar with anecdotes from her own life, which really works, even though her own life stories don’t appear to mirror the lifestyle of the much loved celebrity very much at all. Omielan’s energy is infectious and her warmth towards the audience entices everyone to sing along to Beyonce’s tunes. And you find yourself empathising with her stories of love, life and work, and feeling uplifted by her ability to make even painful experiences darkly funny. Omielan confronts taboo subjects with confidence, wondering what Beyonce might do if she had her heart broken, or was suffering from depression. An ‘independent woman’ is redefined as someone who is strong but definitely not flawless, and it is this honesty that makes Omielan a star in her own right.
Laughing Horse @ Meadows Bar, 2-26 Aug, (not 13,14), 10.45pm.
tw rating 5/5 | Isobel Rogers