Frieda Loves Ya!
- Liam Hainey
- 6 August 2018
One for the sweeter tooth
Frieda Loves Ya! is as cake-centric a burlesque show as you're likely to see at the Fringe, or anywhere else. Like the sentient French Fondant Fancy which plays a central role in what plot there is, this show exudes sweetness.
Frieda (alter ego of performer Rebecca Kenny) has sad eyes and a petted lip. They combine with her ukulele songs about heartbreak to provide a double jab of intense twee. This is still a burlesque show and so there are ample jokes involving the exchange of bodily fluids and whipped cream. Unsettlingly, Kenny still manages to infuse these gags with her trademark dose of sugar.
The show is a thinly veiled vehicle to showcase Kenny's various talents, which are undeniable. Her voice is pleasant, her jokes are amusing and her physicality impressive. The problem is that they don't gel together in any sort of organic way. By forcing all her skills to the fore of her performance, none of them are given the time or space they need to flourish.
Frieda Loves Ya! attempts to propagate a warm fuzzy feeling, much like eating freshly spun candyfloss. But, like eating that treat, you're likely to be left with an intense desire to brush your teeth.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 13), 10.25pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).