Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Imaginary Colin, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Dedicated to her unborn child, whom she’s perversely dubbed Colin regardless of its future gender, Jessica Fostekew takes the stage heavily pregnant.
Amusingly sharing the conflict between her brain and womb in choosing to become a parent, working in a profession that doesn’t exactly wait for you to take time out, her worries for her child initially extend only so far as its voting intentions and temperament, dickish or otherwise.
Projecting the image of a decidedly casual expectant mother, slugging back wine with dubious authority, she’s nevertheless afforded family responsibilities a little thought, after recently, inadvertently, becoming her 89-year-old grandfather’s carer on a holiday to Italy. Although the old boy’s failings are endearingly presented, it’s from this point that Fostekew departs into more straight stand-up about the world her child will grow up in, reflecting, apropos of nothing for example, that there are too many special days in the calendar.
Although she also relates a story of breaking down on the M25 with engaging triumph over adversity, the mix of personal anecdote and observational humour is patchy and the hour doesn’t really gel.
Still, she’s a solid act and the routines are diverting enough.
Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 28 August 2015
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