Katherine Ryan: Little Miss Conception (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Katherine Ryan: Little Miss Conception

An edgy story of pageant culture

When Katherine Ryan is stopped in her tracks on hearing that someone in the audience has relatives in her very small Canadian home town of Sarnia, it marks a first for her Fringe debut show. There seems very little that will get in the way of this stage dynamo, whether it’s achieving her dreams at the Pleasance or in the outside world, not even the hairy man who puts his arm up and whoops at every question she asks of her crowd, no matter how improbable or inappropriate.

Given the content of the show, it seems she gets her forthright attitude from her (‘hot’) mum, who thrust her into an early showbiz spotlight by entering her for pageants, despite the strength of competition (Ryan has brought along photographic evidence of this). Through songs, chatty stand-up and a surprise finale, Ryan pieces together a story of chasing dreams, no matter how impossible they might seem.

At this early viewing of Little Miss Conception, there are more than a fair share of rough edges that need to be quickly smoothed out before the show’s quality does its creator justice. But once in full flight, Katherine Ryan will be a compelling act.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 15), 10.55pm, £8–£9.50 (£7–£8.50).

Katherine Ryan: Little Miss Conception

  • 3 stars

'Warped wit … striking presence … killer lines … calm confidence' (Scotsman), 'Dark remarks … sugary innocence' (Evening Standard). Who does this chick think she is? This fresh award-winning newcomer reveals all, in her hilarious debut show.

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