Georgie Morrell: Eyecon
- Lauren McKay
- 23 August 2019
Confident storytelling that lacks much in the way of laughs
Georgie Morrell only has one working eye and was temporarily blind in both for one year. This is a show about how she became an icon (or should that be eyecon… get it?) of the disabled world, and how she's grappled with her newfound status. Morrell is a very confident performer and tells her tale with sass and sparkle, albeit with a shortage of laughs. A very engaging storyteller, it's clear that she's had training in drama, and is able to keep the audience's attention for the full hour.
However, her stories, which range from anecdotes about vomiting on a puppy to observations on office gossip, lack edge. There are moments which leap out as fresh and original comedic material, notably her wild interpretations of the relationship between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, and these flashes of inspiration hint at a bright future for Morrell in comedy.
She ends the set by imagining the movie of her life. The point she's making around Hollywood's disability narratives is an important one, but it's overshadowed slightly by a meandering set-up. With a strong message and bags of confidence, it's an entertaining hour, but not one to choose if you're looking for a laugh-a-minute show.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 2pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).