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The Girl Who Thought She Was Irish (Biddy O’Loughlin)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Fringe performers are all “egomaniacs with low self-esteem”. At least, that’s how this performer describes herself and her contemporaries. As the title implies, despite her name (Biddy O’Loughlin), she is in no way Irish, and in this show, she tells her story with straight-faced obscenities and hilariously dry humour. After feeling out of place growing up in the Australian desert with an alcoholic Catholic family and imaginary friends, Ireland (the land of faeries, Guiness and good craic) appealed to her. Combining story-telling, stand-up and beautifully sung musical interludes, this is a great performance covering a wide range of social issues – but it’s definitely not for the easily offended or faint-hearted.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 24 Aug (not 15 – 22), 12.45pm (1.40pm), £7.00 – £9.00, fpp266.
tw rating 4/5