Eilish O’Carroll: Live Love Laugh (3 stars)

A funny look at human drama from the Mrs Brown's Boys star


This article is from 2013.

Eilish O’Carroll: Live Love Laugh

Fans of Mrs Brown’s Boys might go into Live Love Laugh expecting the shenanigans the hit TV programme has become known for – Elish O’Carroll’s Winnie McGoogan is the centre of some of the crudest and outrageous moments. So it’s actually a surprise in reporting that the production is nothing of the sort, coming across instead like a warm theatrical hug.

O’Carroll’s hour-long monologue is a confessional. She speaks rather frankly about her family life – being the youngest daughter in a rather large, unconventional family. She also speaks about her abusive religious training, guilt-ridden sexual awakening, motherhood, difficult marriages and her mid-life realisation of being a lesbian.

These themes could be treated heavy-handedly and be the stuff of modern tragedies, and there are moments from her life that certainly warrant such treatment, but O’Carroll rises above that; she cloaks everything with both honest insight and warm humour, allowing her to rise above it all. Her candid monologue indeed paints a life filled with love and laughter, and it is a pure joy to watch from start to finish.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until Aug 24 (not 14), 2.45pm, £13–17 (£11–£15).

Eilish O'Carroll: Live Love Laugh

  • 3 stars

Bound & Gagged Comedy. Winnie McGoogan from the award-winning Mrs Brown's Boys. This one woman show written and performed by Eilish O'Carroll charts her own life in a revealing, emotional and comic journey, growing up in the 1950s in Dublin, moving through two failed marriages, coming out, and embracing getting…


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