Gráinne Maguire: I Forgive You – Please Like Me
- Brian Donaldson
- 3 August 2018
A winningly ironic atmosphere bolstered by some serious points about societal ills
She may be riddled with the same self-doubt as most comedians on this planet, but Gráinne Maguire is certain of one thing: it feels amazing to always be on the right side of political debate. Having all the correct opinions seems to help this Irish comic get out of bed in the morning but she doesn't half put her foot in it with those self-affirming views. A community gig back home goes spectacularly wrong when she insults the ecclesiastical headline act, but at least she has Gerry 'Uncle Gerry' Adams on hand to reassure her she's doing fine.
In Maguire's latest Fringe hour, narrative threads seem to be both untied and then tangled up again at an incredible rate of knots from the moment she sidles on stage. With barely a greeting she cracks on with her story, analysing the 'lovely girls' heritage in Ireland and later discussing the subtext of The Sound of Music with its dirty nuns and patriarchal sex pests, both of which provide foreshadowing to her own #MeToo experience.
Maguire's delivery – all cocked head, conspiratorial and mock-flirty – recalls fellow Irish whimsy-maker David Doherty, but here she swaps lo-fi keyboard ditties for political pronouncements lathered in a delightful and winning irony.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 3.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).