Ingrid Dahle: Wingrid (3 stars)

Ingrid Dahle: Wingrid

Positive show about an unconventional upbringing and fridges

It isn't the Ingrid Dahle of the present that opens this show, but the Ingrid Dahle of the future. Appearing from behind a colourful blanket to a tinkly sound effect, she tells us of her confidence in a wildly successful future, with not one but two American-style fridges. But her story starts back in the present before she has those things.

If Dahle isn't wholly confident she is certainly bossing 'fake it till you make it'. She's an incredibly warm host, with bags of energy and a permanent smile. Her debut show is an exuberant affair as she wonders how we can recapture the joy we have as children. This is the time before other people's opinions of us matter, and when we're still riding about on an imaginary horse. Originally from Norway, Dahle regales us with some brilliant tales of her dorky childhood being 'bored in the fjord', from joining the Jesus revolution to her weird family and unconventional response to romantic rejection.

The jokes thin a little in the later section as she moves onto the realities of working as a stand-up comedian but we share in her triumphs along the way. Wingrid is such a joyous show, with 'it was the best thing' used so much it's almost a catchphrase. Dahle's positive outlook should make you believe that you too can find your childhood horse.

Heroes @ Bob's BlundaBus, until 26 Aug (not 8), 9.20pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.

Ingrid Dahle: Wingrid

  • 3 stars

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