- Claire Sawers
- 5 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Former Free Fringe diva done good
On paper, this should be horrific: girl laments failed relationship, inability to stop eating sandwiches, roundness of own bottom; seeks comfort in wisdom of Beyoncé. And yet Luisa Omielan has so much solid talent and unborrowed style (plus excellent borrowed styles from Jamaican dancefloor boglers, wannabe mixed-race London girls, her RP-talking Polish mum) that she spins her cray-cray material into gold (probably American Apparel latex, accessorised by New Look).
Omielan begins with fierce, crowd-hypnotising, mock self-belief (‘I have the opposite of body dysmorphia: I look in the mirror and I’m like, “DAYUM”!’ she shouts), bursting into Destiny’s Child ‘Independent Women’ before mumbling that, actually, she lives back home and pays no rent.
Much like Destiny’s Child as ‘strong’, ‘empowered’ role models, her feminism has wobbly moments, but she knows that. Omielan (to quote Queen B, and she regularly does) ‘keeps it real’, admitting her daddy issues, relationship cravings, and abandonment of common sense when she’s, ahem, ‘Crazy in Love’. Those who cringe at forced singalongs beware: the title What Would Beyoncé Do?! attracts screamy fans of Ms Knowles, and a sea of fingers held aloft for the ‘Single Ladies’ bit.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 11 Aug, 9.15pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12).