Eleanor Conway: You May Recognise Me From Tinder
- Murray Robertson
- 4 August 2019
A singular and engaging performance about modern relations
Eleanor Conway greets her capacity crowd as they enter, methodically directing them to fill the various nooks and crannies of this spacious venue. As she segues into a warm-up act for her own show, it's clear that this comic is very eager to please others, even if one of the main themes running throughout this hour is a very determined pursuit of her own pleasure.
While it's 12 years since she's had a relationship, Conway explains that her singledom should not be confused with celibacy. And so she goes into excruciating detail about her numerous sexual peccadilloes. However, the spectacle of a sexually confident woman relating her myriad erotic adventures on Tinder, webcams and sugar-daddy websites seems to encourage some crowd members to heckle, and some of her jokes lose momentum as she deals with yet another irritating interruption. It's particularly annoying because when she's on a roll, Conway is a really animated, engaging performer.
As she approaches her conclusion, the atmosphere falters a little. There are no great revelations in store, just the feeling that proceedings are winding down. Nevertheless, Eleanor Conway is a comedian with a singular voice that's well worth hearing.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, until 25 Aug (not 13), 7pm, donations at the venue.