Laura Solon: The Owl of Steven (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Laura Solon: The Owl of Steven

A curious show about owls and oddballs

It seems like a very long time ago since Laura Solon popped up to Edinburgh with a hastily rewritten show and astonished the comedy world by walking away with the last ever Perrier Award. Five years on and Solon is getting into her stride with narrative pieces which gently amuse and mildly arrest in stark contrast to the compulsive grip which her trophy-nabbing character show had on most who witnessed it.

Following up her bunny-based hour of last year, she’s now appearing with a stuffed owl for the tale of a ferry trip to the island of Steven and the nature film which is to be made there. The island, the owl and the trip are merely backdrops to allow her to get stuck into another array of characters, which includes a slutty TV presenter, an earnest documentary-maker, a ferryman who is one half of detachable conjoined twins and a pair of rubbish secret agents à la France. Altogether a curious and slight number which delivers little in the way of genuine bellylaughs but much in the way of Radio 4 lite-comedy.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 5pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12).

Laura Solon: The Owl of Steven

  • 3 stars

Steven is an island. Perrier Award winner Laura Solon returns with a brilliant new character comedy story about it. Contains owl. Here come the quotes: 'An adventurous and hilarious masterclass' ★★★★ (Sunday Times); 'Brilliantly written, blindingly original' ★★★★ (Guardian); 'Another masterclass in character comedy' ★★★…

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