Eleanor Thom: I Am Bev
Style-over-substance creation par excellence
This article is from 2013.
Eleanor Thom certainly convinces as Bev in this delightful piece of character comedy. Aiming her sights on a television career, Thom’s alter ego stages her first Fringe show in the hope of impressing a BBC talent hunter. Whether or not Bev would impress a genuine scout is questionable: likeable and ridiculous in equal proportions, she’s a down-to-earth, busty Sheffield lass with a heart of gold and a blingtastic wardrobe to match, and imbued with a tad more self-confidence than actual talent.
For her Fringe debut, Bev has spent ten grand on hiring a coach to take her audience on a tour of Edinburgh culminating in a boat cruise down the Water of Leith. It never happens, of course, as the vehicle breaks down and its driver can’t get parked. Perturbed but determined that the show must go on, Bev instead tells us all about herself and her life in the city formerly famous for making cutlery. If Bev wouldn’t cut it with the Beeb, surely Thom would impress any number of TV execs. It's easy to picture Bev fronting a faux talent or makeover show.
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