Daisy Earl: Fairy Elephant
- Brian Donaldson
- 26 August 2019
Good gags in a show about addiction and empathy
Still the only woman to have won the Scottish Comedian of the Year prize, Daisy Earl's Fairy Elephant tackles her anxiety, depression and weight issues: the title comes from her Scottish mum's pet name for her. Providing the audience with a fan each on account of the heat within this new Gilded Balloon space, Earl lays her caring and likeable attributes before us from the kick-off, with plenty sympathy also earned for the fact that she choose to adopt a voice (that of a Russian bear) in order for her to deal with trauma and heartbreak at certain points in her life.
Earl continues to successful in her battle against alcohol dependency, but points out the gap between society's attitudes towards dealing with alcoholics (campaigns are launched) and the overweight (people are ostracised). Her occasionally brusque mother is seen as a semi-villain of the piece (or at the very least lacking a fully developed empathy gene), but eventually she comes through for her daughter in an emotional finale.
Daisy Earl is getting a lot of demons out of her system with Fairy Elephant and it's a show that she needed to offload. Despite her anxieties, she has a comfortable stage manner and can write some good jokes. Her next move will be one to watch.
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, until 26 Aug, 4pm, £8.50 (£7.50).