Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Sarah Kendall: A Day in October, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw
It HAS become a cliché in recent years for comedians to base a stand-up show around a sad episode from their own lives, in the hope that audiences/arts festival judging panels will leave feeling moved as well as amused.
Fringe veteran Sarah Kendall joins the fray with her latest show, which recounts a touching tale from adolescence involving a bullied classmate. However, there’s more to this intelligently crafted piece than initially meets the eye.
Kendall, by her own admission, was a “dork” at high school. But she avoided bullying by becoming invisible. George Peach wasn’t so lucky. The school punching bag, he inflamed bullies by always fighting back.
When Kendall takes him aside one day to advise him on avoidance tactics, the two become secret friends. But when the dramatic events of that day in October grant George unlikely new powers, their relationship becomes even more complicated. To say any more would ruin the gentle impact of this engaging storytelling show about the redemptive power of storytelling itself.
Kendall isn’t exactly hilarious, but she’s a personable, honest, articulate comic with a knack for spinning a nuanced yarn.
Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), until 31 August, 6:45pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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