Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk

Tackling the big issues head on

Last year's show Trying, saw Laura Lexx deliver a poignant take on her struggles to conceive and her extreme worries about climate change. This year she may be only just 'keeping a lid' on her mental health issues; as expressed using the first of many fantastically crafted analogies in the show, this time she's come out fighting. Not that she wishes to polarise, that's exactly what she doesn't want to do as it's getting us nowhere.

Lexx tackles the big topics head-on – Brexit, of course, and gender politics, including the divide some feminists seem to have created in their attempts to ostracise transgender women.

The Brighton-based comedian just seems to get better year on year and this show consolidates that. It's a thoroughly common sense take on the warring factions in the west.

Her apparently breezy style is a deceptive one as she certainly knows how to hammer a point home, pointing out there are far easier ways for men to harm women than having to go through the process of changing gender first.

A must-see for all, but especially those who also suffered the indignity of playing netball at school.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 25 Aug (not 14), 5.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk

  • 4 stars

Lexx takes on society's big issues.