Sarah Callaghan: 24
A show about surprises lacks a bit of sparkle
This article is from 2016.
It's not a show about Adele, Sarah Callaghan promises, but about the passing of time and what can be achieved in 24 hours. She zeroes in on one day where her boyfriend planned a surprise for her which displeased her because she hates surprises. Discovering a website describing ten things to do to change your life in 24 hours, Callaghan decides to take a punt.
She ticks off the trite suggestions on that list ('make a decision', 'do something new'), tracking the day (which turns out to be a trip to Paris) as she does. As a premise, this is perfectly fine, but Callaghan's talents lie more in asides and one-liners than intricate storytelling. And as the audience don't respond to this larger tale, her reaction is to get overly buoyant and shouty. Which is a shame because there are some real gems among the throwaways and she has such a good line in call-backs.
Callaghan isn't a bad comedian and once you get used to her spells of over-exuberance, she's properly charming, but it feels like she hasn't quite found her voice yet. With some fine-tuning and focus this hour could be a great one.
Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug, 8.20pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).