Eleanor Morton: Lollipop (2 stars)

This article is from 2014

Eleanor Morton: Lollipop

Photo: Jamie Dunn

Comedian at the early learning stage of her comedy development at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Making your audience uncertain as to whether they are in fact witnessing a well-defined comic persona in action is a real trick to pull off. The tension between what’s real and what’s not has stood many a fine comic creation in good stead, and Eleanor Morton flirts with these notions during her debut solo hour, Lollipop. But keeping an audience’s laughter ticking over while those observers try to fully work out what’s happening in front of them is an even bigger achievement. Morton, with her anxieties, phobias and invisible friends just doesn’t offer a solid enough comedic framework to house these complexities.

This likeably twee comic adds to the Game of Thrones vibe around all the segments of this year’s Edinburgh Festival as she wanders around her local supermarket with its theme tune playing in her head. There’s a potentially good meta-bit for a finale, but as with an awful lot of the hour, it’s let down by some flimsy writing.

An enjoyable but uneven show drops enough hints that Eleanor Morton may one day elevate herself to be the next David O’Doherty, but for now she’s at the early learning stage of her comedy development.

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Eleanor Morton: Lollipop

  • 2 stars

Eleanor Morton Bright, young, surprising and surreal; Eleanor Morton presents a debut solo show. Morton explores anxiety, bravery, anthropomorphic alcoholic animals, the magic of motorway service food, good deeds and more. Expect musical comedy, limited free snacks, a fervent dislike of Jessie J and a guide to the birds…