Holly Burn: I Am Kirsty K
More method-based madness from the talented Tynesider
This article is from 2015.
Holly Burn has always been an act who throws herself wholesale into her performance, whether it’s as host of a site-specific foray (At Home with Holly) or as a murder victim who is resurrected as a series of characters (Living and Dying). Her profile has risen sharply in recent times with a video spoof of Victoria Beckham and a scissor-wielding appearance in Bad Bridesmaid.
But with I Am Kirsty K, she returns to the Fringe stage with her most immersive role to date. Not only is Burn transforming herself into a slightly unhinged and manically yelping Whitley Bay girl, word has it that she’s being Kirsty K offstage throughout the entire duration of August.
Getting all ‘method’ on us is one thing, creating a fully rounded Fringe hour is quite another; the latter falls down rather sadly as Kirsty goes on a national memorial tour to mark her gran’s death. Her relative has a few skeletons in the cupboard, naturally, which tumble out amid a game of hide and seek, and a eulogy that is the dictionary definition of awkward. Burn has an adrenaline-rushing ability which could really produce something memorable with the right project but her latest conceptual artefact falls way short.
Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 226 0000, until 29 Aug (not 18), 6.20pm, £5.