To register for updates from S. J. Parris, simply fill in the form below and hit subscribe.

* indicates required

If at any time you wish to unregister, simply follow the unsubscribe instructions that appear on email updates.

Close
S. J. Parris and Stephanie Merritt

Review < Back

Edinburgh festival 2015 comedy - Lolly Adefope, Aisling Bea and Joseph Morpurgo among the highlights

Sunday 9th August 2015

Lolly_Adefope_Edinburgh_c_008_9ec218fc2949.jpg

One of the great joys of the Edinburgh fringe is the yearly reminder of what a broad church contemporary comedy is, with every imaginable mutation available within a few minutes’ walk.

With more than 600 shows eligible for the Foster’s Edinburgh comedy awards this year, it can seem a daunting place for a newcomer to get noticed, but Lolly Adefope arrives with a number of television and radio projects in the offing and a build-up of media interest behind her. She neatly sidesteps any pressure this might create by delivering a multi-character show,Lolly (Pleasance), in the form of a local open-mic night where one of the acts is the much-hyped young comic Lolly Adefope, who is so paralysed by stage fright that she can barely get her one joke out.

While most of these characters are a little predictable, the show immediately becomes more interesting when we hear the character of “Lolly” off stage, defending her performance by complaining how hard it is to be a black female comic – to which her characters all respond in their own voices that they are also (obviously) all black women and they didn’t have any trouble. Adefope is, in reality, a strong and confident performer with a keen eye for skewering pretensions; I’d love to hear more from her in her own voice.

Cookies

This site uses cookies to store temporary imformation whilst you are using the site - this makes the site quicker to use.
These cookies contain no personal information and the data that they do contain are not shared with anyone, or used outside of this site.

More information

OK