Lucy Pearman: Baggage (4 stars)

Lucy Pearman: Baggage

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Surreal escapism still manages to make a point

Lucy Pearman has made a name for herself over the last few years with her absurdist, one-woman shows, and Baggage continues this theme. Set in an airport departure lounge, Pearman is going on a journey, but she needs to rid herself of some luggage before she can pass through security. Appearing from the back of the room inside a giant suitcase, her hour is focused on shedding items, first from inside the suitcase, then her clothing, and finally even her skin and organs. She can't do all of this alone, though, so she ropes in the audience to help with ever more ridiculous tasks. Amazingly, thanks to Pearman's charm, which she possesses in bucketloads, the chosen audience members all participate gamely in this bizarre ritual.

Among all the props, clowning and audience interaction, there's a deeper message in the show, which the audience is asked to think about as soon as we walk through the door: what would you do if you weren't afraid? Pearman balances silly and sweet with such mastery in this show that it never feels overdone or hyperbolic. There's surely nothing else like it at the Fringe this year, and it's the perfect choice if you want an hour of surreal escapism.

Monkey Barrel, until 25 Aug, 4.30pm, £8 in advance or donations at the venue.

Lucy Pearman: Baggage

  • 4 stars

United Agents Pearman, an Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Leicester Comedy Awards Best Show nominee, 'star in the making' (★★★★ Telegraph) and co-star of BBC Two's Mister Winner and BAFTA-nominated Herbert Clunkerdunk, just needs to check if the bag is a bit heavy before we can go. 'Stunned by her…

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