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Hannah Gadsby – Mary. Contrary. (EdCom & Dick The Horse)

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2011

Taking the form of an art history lecture about the Virgin Mary, ‘Mary. Contrary.’ is an interesting and humorous way to spend an hour. Former art history student Hannah Gadsby shares her passion for religious art that depicts everyone’s favourite virgin. Not a promising topic for an hour’s comedy, you might think, but Gadsby’s enthusiastic and offbeat take on the paintings under discussion ensures plenty of laughs. She clearly knows her stuff, too, with some of the best gags coming from her merciless dissection of the artists’ abilities. Occasionally her passion for her subject results in too much art and not enough gags, but these moments are few and far between. This is a funny, intelligent and charming show.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 17 – 26 Aug (not 20 – 23), 2.00pm (3.00pm), £8.00 – £12.00, fpp 85.
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