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Helen O’Brien – Bronagh’s Big Weekend (Avalon Promotions)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

With Irish tap dancing, an artlessly candid dialogue and a bowl-cut fringe, Helen O’Brien does a bang-up job of convincing us she’s little Bronagh, a young girl from the 80s. It’s a coming-of-(teen)age story, with all the nitty-gritty details of puberty and life in a northern, somewhat loony, family. O’Brien is a one-woman pleasure, sashaying in and out of accents and characters. There are moments of slight vulgarity but they’re somehow made charming – including mentions of urine, sick and blood. Surges of low-key music and swift changes of dancing shoes keep the show flowing as O’Brien quite literally tells it how it is. After all, haven’t you ever heard of overcooked chicken kievs at a wedding?

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 12.50pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Natasha Gartside]