Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl
A puntastic contemporary morality tale about the choices we have to make
This was an early show with a small, quiet crowd, but Maddy Anholt never let her energy levels drop. She playfully probed her crowd, needing that interaction for Rent Girl to work, particularly from a slightly reluctant stooge in the crowd. A thoroughly engaging and warm storyteller, Anholt certainly likes her puns, one of which is the title: it's not too much of a surprise to learn that she's not actually a call girl just a woman trying to pay her rent in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Throughout the years of renting in London, her mission has been to find a pad fit for a Persian Princess, having discovered some distant Middle-Eastern genes in her otherwise English / Dutch heritage. Do something dodgy for money requested by a guy on the internet or take a respectable job and live in a hovel? This a morality tale for the 21st century.
Though her comedy material isn't the strongest around, there is plenty here to amuse. She's cheekily below the belt in places and unafraid to call kids 'arseholes' when need be. Plus the Dutch Jesus (AKA dad) who provides a moral compass is a nice touch.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug (not 15), 5.30pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50).