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Chelsea Birkby: No More Mr Nice Chelsea

By | Published on Monday 22 August 2022

“Forget everything you never knew about me”, says Chelsea Birkby as she rather (knowingly) gauchely introduces her Fringe debut as a rebrand. Peppered with good gags and a wide spectrum of pop-culture references, Birkby is a winsome and funny stage presence. The substance beneath the whole ‘rebrand’ whimsy is an open, sharing discussion of her mental health struggles which, happily, by her own account appear to be moving in the right direction. There are some really nice… wait, sorry. Not ‘nice’, that’s like literally the whole point. There are some very *good* flights of whimsy in Birkby’s material, and delivery which brings the audience along willingly on an occasionally dark but consistently entertaining journey.

Just The Tonic @ The Caves, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]