Laura Lexx: Trying (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Laura Lexx: Trying

Karla Gowlett

An hour about depression that lifts the spirits

There's a lot of reminiscing about the late 80s and early 90s going on at the beginning of Laura Lexx's new show, Trying. But don't worry, this is not just some flaccid rose-tinted 'do you remember when' Peter Kay-lite musings (though for a moment it does threaten to go down that road), it's a narrative means of setting up the story of a recent family camping holiday (just like the old days) which offers a joyous comfort in the midst of her anxious existence.

Mental health is right at the heart of Laura Lexx's new show, as she contemplates her own depression in the context of trying to start a family. That turns out to be a monthly cycle of frustration and anguish as she rails bitterly at those who seem to get pregnant by just glancing at their partner.

Trying is a lot funnier than it might be sounding here (though her description of suffering a kind of post-natal depression without having a small human to look after is very sad stuff), with her comparisons of Lush workers and miners, and her surreal experience in the make-up department of a high-street store delightful setpieces.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 15), 5.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Laura Lexx: Trying

  • 3 stars

Andrew Roach Talent 'One can only hope there's some life-altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx' ( Luckily, the award-winning comedian with 'superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality' (★★★★, has had a breakdown. Laura spent 2017 trying to get through…