Lucy Beaumont: Space Mam (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Lucy Beaumont: Space Mam

credit: credit: Andy Hollingworth

A warm and lively stage return for this Hull native

After a few years' hiatus in which time she produced a whole new human being, Lucy Beaumont returns to the Fringe. The Hull native has been down to Surrey and all the way up again having moved back north, as well as spending time exploring her new role as a mum. Though her Yorkshire hometown features less than it did at the start of her comedy career, it does make a reappearance here.

Despite these life changes, there's a truth to herself as this salt-of-the-earth, ordinary woman exudes an irresistible warmth. Though jocularly dressed up, she goes on to explore her post-natal depression, due to the lack of an immediate bond with her child and the frustrations of sleep deprivation. Space Mam is an honest and frank portrait of motherhood.

Beaumont's big skill is capturing the poetry in the ordinary, especially evident in her depiction of her own Hullian mother where she beautifully evokes the nuances of her speech, and random, unselfconscious acts such as taking her bra off in the middle of a meal.

Somehow, Beaumont also maintains an otherworldly quality, at one point donning an alien mask to throw flying-saucer sweets to the crowd despite Professor Brian Cox once telling her that extra-terrestrials don't exist. An excellent return.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug (not 12), 4.45pm, £12 (£11).

Lucy Beaumont: Space Mam

  • 4 stars

An exciting and bold new stand-up comedy show.