Sara Barron: Enemies Closer (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Sara Barron: Enemies Closer

Knockout material and charismatic delivery from last year's Best Newcomer nominee

'They hate us', says Sara Barron to some of her American compatriots in the front row. At the very top of Enemies Closer, she gets straight into transatlantic politics and it sets the tone for her hour. This is a show about judgement; the loud tribal kind, and the internal monologue kind. It's eloquent, sharply written and delivered with distinction by Barron.

Last year's Best Newcomer nominee performs with the skill of a seasoned veteran; while her background in storytelling and comedy writing means she's not a complete stranger to the artform, it's still remarkable how quickly she's settled into her new role. Even the way she moves is descriptive, bounding across the stage, punctuating each joke with a dramatic hand gesture or facial contortion. It adds considerable punch to material that's already knockout.

Enemies Closer also covers familial tension and longstanding friendships and asks to consider that, if we hate it when our friends because successful, how terrible is it when our foes strike gold? Barron doesn't stay in one place for long, making her point and mining it for laughs before moving swiftly onto new targets: reality TV, the 'sexy baby voice', and her grandmother all come in for a kicking, and her musings on the latter's refusal to die are deliciously dark. A masterclass in charisma.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 8.30pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

Sara Barron: Enemies Closer

  • 4 stars

Show And Tell in association with Dawn Sedgwick Management 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Sara returns to the Fringe following her five-star debut hour and two sell-out runs at London's Soho Theatre. Her stunning new show examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, current husbands…