Jenny Bede: Don’t Look at Me
Emojis and tampons make for an exuberant but uneven Fringe debut
This article is from 2015.
For the purposes of her Fringe debut, the heavily tipped singing comic Jenny Bede isn’t quite sure what she wants to be. At heart she’s probably a party girl but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about nights-in, draped in comfy evening-wear, probably gorging on Game of Thrones. Still, she’s defiantly doing this show for the kids, hence a tune all about emojis: it’s possible that no one under the age of 20 will understand the unforgiveable cliché of ‘it does what it says on the tin’ but Bede trots it out without any irony whatsoever. As for ‘I’m a fan of testes: don’t hold it against me’, that really should have been left on the cutting-room floor.
Strongly in her favour is a natural exuberance as well as a potent social awareness to tackle topics such as the tampon tax and rap lyrics (happily, Bede avoids non-hack territory here as she compares that nice chap Drake to her own mum). And she does have a surprise around the corner with a spectacular finale, but this is scant reward for the lulls which precede it.
The lingering feeling post-Don’t Look at Me is of someone telling you at length about their amazing night out with the fun mainly moving in one direction. Mainstream acceptance undoubtedly awaits.
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