Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Elf Lyons: Being Barbarella, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
Elf looks like a supermodel and is properly posh, but manages to overcome those comedic drawbacks by being charmingly self-effacing, having some wonderful anecdotes from a childhood littered with disaster and posh girl on posh girl abuse and sharing an exuberant enthusiasm for Barbarella as a role model. Elf is trying, she says, to be sexy. Job done, from where I was sitting, but that would ruin the show.
Which is a lot of fun. Tinder, sluts, porn and budget erotica all have their place here, discussed charmingly and entertainingly by a girl who used to have rocks thrown at her at school, shared her birthday party with nuns and spent years at boarding school being the class “grinder”. The terrible tale of her brother’s birthday party mines the riches of embarrassment and her occasional use of words such as “neg” reinforce the youthful freshness of the show.
I could tell you how atrocious Elf’s attempts at accents are but I fear I don’t have the words. You really need to hear the horror for yourself.
Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68B) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 19 August 2015
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