Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Aisling Bea: Plan Bea, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson
Since her brilliant, breezily assured 2013 debut, Aisling Bea’s star has steadily risen. Lately auditioning in Hollywood, the garrulous Irishwoman is taking time to reflect on a winding path with a few bumps in the road. Opening with an idiosyncratic, high-energy intro that she acknowledges is foolhardy in such a hot room, there’s a fair bit of meandering preamble that hobbles the show from the off.
But once she sets the scene of her isolated upbringing in Kildare, wistfully seeing America on television, she’s on surer ground. A gifted and committed anecdotalist with a clown’s heart who induces attention with her rangy physicality, Bea presents an ill-focused series of autobiographical snapshots, from a frivolous account of her early love of Baywatch to coping with death, infidelity and an acting career that was sinking in a music video for a pirate rock band. Still, as she hilariously anthropomorphises the “wandering micky” of her errant boyfriend or recalls explaining her father’s absence from her childhood to a prurient acquaintance, it’s obvious that a bright future lies ahead in comic acting for Bea. Stand-up appears less certain though after this patchy, underwritten hour.
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015
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