Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked
- Brian Donaldson
- 27 August 2018
More Fringe pain and trauma are unveiled in front of a captive audience
Apologising for owning a posh voice that is similar to a 'verbal scribble', Lucy Frederick proceeds to deliver a show that sketches out the insecurities and psychological scars that continue to haunt her to this day. She is initially jovial about her appearance in TV programme How to Look Good Naked from a few years back in which Gok Wan and his crew gave Frederick a makeover that she was less than delighted with. The fact that for a number of weeks later, Channel 4 kept running a trailer for the series which included her frank on-screen reaction is arguably the funniest thing in this hour.
An enjoyable performer, Frederick has further tales from the dark recesses of her mind to tell us, as relationship trauma and family grief are just around the corner. The suit of armour that she just about wears in her publicity material is a distinct metaphor for her not entirely successful attempts to protect herself from further hurt. Her simmering anxiety and desperate need to be liked are not uncommon traits within the modern-day stand-up comedian, but it's never easy for an audience to see that pain exposed on stage, never mind be the one laying it out there.
Underbelly Bristo Square, run ended.