Doon MacKichan - Primadoona (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Doon MacKichan - Primadoona

Turning tragedy into comedy

Life has heaped a lot of lemons on Doon MacKichan: death, divorce, illness, a career in voiceovers. It’s given her some treats as well, to be fair: children, two Emmys, the ability to Flamenco dance. The accomplished comedy writer and performer turns the bitterness of the former, drawing on the latter, into fodder for her one-woman show.

The resulting comedic survival memoir describes some of the worst times in her life, playing her pain for laughs. What in less capable hands could be a self-pitying diatribe or grotesquely misjudged is presented as a well-balanced blend of heartache and mirth, MacKichan’s skill with pen and on stage delivering a polished, professional and relatable show that revels in the irony of her comedy career and tragic home-life.

Through a range of sketches and impersonations that exercise her range, small moments count for a lot. The quirky way she starts the show, assiduous use of props and costumes and a startlingly energetic simulation of intercourse are marks of her experience. With Primadoona, MacKichan hasn’t made anything so pedestrian as lemonade.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 17, 24), 5.30pm, £11.50–£12.50 (£10.50–£11.50).


  • 4 stars

In this powerful one-woman show, award-winning comedienne and actress Doon MacKichan takes you on a hilariously brave and physical journey into the depths of three dark, painful and miraculous years and what it meant to survive. Shocking, moving and extremely funny. Ages: 14+


1. Jill Broadway8 Aug 2010, 10:23pm5 stars Doon MacKichan - Primadoona Report

This is a brilliant piece of theatre.Doon reminds us of the precarious journey of life, how events beyond our control can take hold at any moment and catapult us into crisis. Above all, Doon movingly and entertainingly reminds us that in our deepest depths of darkness we can still laugh and.......... survive! See it!

2. Tony Dyson22 Aug 2010, 1:13pm Report

''I used to be lovely....I used to be loved.'' Well, she is still both. Doon treads the risky tightrope between humour and despair with a skill that seems made even sharper during her 'absence'. Her powers of mimicry and satire spare no one, least of all herself, but by the end you will be celebrating her 'comeback' as a triumph of the human spirit. Yes, it's that profound.

Post a comment

RSS feed of these comments