Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner's Old Face (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner's Old Face

Showing off flaws as well as a new fashion sense

West Country wonderwoman / clown Jayde Adams wants to take herself more seriously, so that maybe others will too. She's ditched the high-camp glitter and frills, and she's into black polo necks now. Adams wants to discuss intersectional feminism, which means sassily calling bullshit on things that don't add up to her. Like pencil-thin women raving about body positivity, Beyoncé having her bum grabbed by Jay-Z onstage or Kylie Jenner's make-up range.

As a working-class performer, Adams' own fame has opened her eyes; she keeps getting typecast in tabards (her 2018 Fringe show discussed the stereotypes that her Bristolian accent attracts) and an anecdote about being fat-shamed in a fancy French restaurant reveals some vulnerability. Adams' wisdom has nothing to do with academia and everything to do with real life; she visits her elderly neighbour for chats and tries to mentor teen girls with the kind of thick eyebrows that she doesn't understand.

A bit like Marilyn Monroe in her own black polo-neck phase, Adams doesn't want to be mistaken for a ditz, although she's showbiz enough to know when to drop in withering asides and naff visuals to keep the entertainment levels high. Still fabulous, but just being real and bravely showing more of her flaws.

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