Theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins
Theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ Lynsey Smiles seems like a lovely person. Warm, thoughtful, even-handed and decent, she’s the aptly-named antithesis of Katie Hopkins, the notorious subject of her gently comic lecture. But for all its common sense in attacking Hopkins’ …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw.

★★

Lynsey Smiles seems like a lovely person. Warm, thoughtful, even-handed and decent, she’s the aptly-named antithesis of Katie Hopkins, the notorious subject of her gently comic lecture. But for all its common sense in attacking Hopkins’ hypocrisies, this is an aimless hour.

As Smiles observes, Hopkins is a super-troll who thrives on attention. If you ignore her, then her power dissolves. So why base a show around her? Smiles acknowledges this contradiction, but she can’t escape it. Trawling through Hopkins’ nasty tweets and quotes is a tedious way of proving a self-evident point.

Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18) until 30 August

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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