Ellen Waddell: It's Better to Lie Than to Tell the Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying (3 stars)

Ellen Waddell: It's Better to Lie Than to Tell the Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying

An insightful show about the trouble with truth-telling

With the use of some silly string and a beanie hat, former musician Ellen Waddell travels us back in time to conversations with a friend, on a date with a doctor, and in a job interview where she lied. She sits in profile on a stool and converses with pre-recorded voiceovers, turning to face us as she comments on her answers or thinks out loud.

It works excellently as a format; some of Waddell's asides are absolutely hilarious and her double answers in a job interview for a truck logistics company succinctly send up these scenarios for the nonsense they are. She isn't just playing the liar, as there are blunt reality checks, self-deprecation, a frankness about sex, and off-the-wall humour in a set that never relies on repetition.

The time travel is used to illustrate our tendency to lie with Waddell framing it as insight into the modern need to be liked. She talks briefly but candidly about leaving her band Los Campesinos!, alcohol dependency and family relations before a rather abrupt ending. The comedy and message of Waddell's set feel a bit separate but it's an hour that's both comic and insightful.

Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, until 27 Aug, 7.30pm, free.

It’s Better to Lie Than to Tell the Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying

  • 3 stars

Ellen Waddell / To The Moon / Free Festival We lie to our friends, family, lovers and bosses because it’s easier than telling the truth – we have no idea what we’re doing, and we might have genital warts. In her new show, former rock star and acclaimed performer Ellen Waddell (Jean-Luc Picard and Me) tackles the…

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