Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse (4 stars)

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse

Journey of self-acceptance with killer routines galore

Sarah Keyworth almost creeps about the stage, telling her story with a dry delivery and a sidewards glance. She has a subtle, slightly sinister stage persona, which only serves to emphasise the wildly funny material. This full debut show charts Keyworth's journey of self-acceptance.

Having suffered name-calling at her high school for appearing too boyish and her subsequent three uni years of high heels and long hair as she attempted to embrace the feminine, she finally got on board with the fact that she was both gay and a girl with a touch of the boyish about her. These days she finds herself working as a nanny determined that the young girl she looks after doesn't have to put up with the baggage that girls inevitably do.

As liberal as her outlook obviously is, there's a frankness in Keyworth's willingness to disclose her own prejudice and lack of open mind, unsure as she is of polygamy and scared of Rocky Horror transvestites. There are killer routines aplenty to be enjoyed here: her favourite thing about having a girlfriend, and lesbians constantly being ready for combat just two of many. A joyous hour brimming with the importance of simply being yourself.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 5.30pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse

  • 4 stars

Fight in the Dog in association with United Agents You've seen her on Comedy Central, you've seen her on the BBC. Now see Nottingham-born rising star Sarah Keyworth's debut hour. Join Sarah as she tells you about her life with an important little girl and her battle against every expectation of what being a girl means.

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