Becky Brunning: Bloom (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Becky Brunning: Bloom

Wholesome hour that takes in coming out, fathers and reproduction

Sipping on some of Lidl's finest own-brand Malibu, Becky Brunning presents a feelgood show about love and family. Bloom is split chiefly into two sections, one that focuses on her relationship with her folks growing up, and the second that looks to the future and considers the complications of starting out on a life in the big bad world.

Material on her father is especially strong. Portraying him as a 'right-wing hazard' of a man, Brunning humorously conveys his attempts to navigate the modern world with its new attitudes and terminologies, and the blurred lines between chivalry and sexist egoism. Her fondness for the man is laid out explicitly though, through flashbacks to him raising the family as a single man. Even when things get serious, Brunning doesn't shy away from the darkly comedic elements.

Brunning is also recently married, with much hilarity ensuing as she recalls coming out to the extended family through a wedding invitation, and documents the couples attempts to find a suitable sperm donor. There are laughs and acute observations throughout, and Brunning is an endearing presence who makes sitting in an impossibly hot and crammed box on the Cowgate an enjoyable, wholesome occasion.

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  • 3 stars

Becky Brunning Funny Women finalist, Broadchurch actor and Most Promising Junior 1998* Becky, accidentally got gay married and now the biological clock is ticking. She brings her new 'nigh-octane' show to reckon with that early potential and ask: err what now? The world is her cockle. The world is her oyster. Becky…