Celia Pacquola: Delayed (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Celia Pacquola: Delayed

Photo: Andy Hollingworth

A quirksome loveable geekfest

In this, her third solo show at the Fringe, Aussie Celia Pacquola examines whether she has achieved anything in her move to the UK. It’s particularly pertinent as she left behind a long-term boyfriend, and whether they will stay together maintains some level of mild suspense in Delayed’s narrative. But that’s far from all that’s here. As has been noted in previous shows, there’s a wonderful sparky quality to Pacquola that puts her a notch above.

Opening with some ‘ugly’ dance moves, she peppers the show with theatrical waves of her arms and contorted expressions. With equal measures of quirk and geek, Pacquola tells us that when she’s drunk you might find her in a chemist arguing with the ladies on the hair dye boxes or how her body is like a flatmate who’s obsessed with cultivating things in strange areas then winds up with a heart-warming finale featuring a cult celebrity. Celia Pacquola is truly a pleasure to listen to during an hour that doesn’t drop the energy once.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 27 Aug, 7pm, £9.50--£10.50 (£8.50--£9.50).

Celia Pacquola on Russell Howard's Good News

Celia Pacquola - Delayed

  • 4 stars

The smallest thing can change a life. In 2010, the award-winning Aussie comic moved to London and learned the word 'bellend'. This and other stories. As seen on the Rob Brydon Show and Russell Howard's Good News. 'One of the more uplifting, delightfully funny hours at the festival' (Scotsman). 'A rare gift for comic…

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