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Claudia O’Doherty – What Is Soil Erosion? (Gilded Balloon / Token Events)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

Are you a soil erosion enthusiast? Well, don’t get too excited. “Let’s get rill!” Claudia bellows at the audience as we are speedily guided through her 26-part documentary; bizarrely, Australian TV execs have yet failed to see its brilliance. Recalling ‘Look Around You’, O’Doherty’s nonsensical science demonstrations include using rocks as puppets, disintegrating a pudding, and downing pints of a mysterious black fluid. Our stained turtleneck wearing host is manically enthusiastic, verging on mentally unstable, but an instantly likeable creation who confidently cruises through her own unique brand of comedy. We may learn absolutely nothing about the erosion of soil, but Claudia O’Doherty does a fantastic job of making us giggle.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 28 Aug (not 16), 8.45pm (9.45pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp58.
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