- Brian Donaldson
- 6 August 2013
This article is from 2013
A Boom Jennie becomes a genuine player
This was very close to being a peerless character show from someone who has clearly been working hard on her craft, but it’s only let down by a rather weak finale. Catriona Knox is one third of the Boom Jennies and is revelling in her solo status with a couple of Fringe hours behind her now.
This multi-character set, Player, thrives on fine writing and a fantastic performance while Knox is not afraid to mix it with her crowd when the occasion arises. Opening with a horsey woman bellowing down her mobile at various lackeys, she moves on to perhaps her sharpest creation: the pub landlady whispering mortal vengeance upon a Judas within the room (it literally becomes a lock-in). A bonneted Jane Austen-type throws out some well-constructed vulgarities and a desperate French oral examiner lets her mask drop.
The only bum note is the closing number where her Latin Strictly-type simply dances and dances and dances with the man who has been the chosen one for all her interactive requirements today. But that mild let-down aside, Knox has chosen her show-title well.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 13), 3.15pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).