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Clare Plested – The Essential Collection (Clare Plested / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Sunday 23 August 2015

Clare Plested

Reason #1348 why free fringe shows are so great – the start of Clare Plested’s show was delayed by two minutes so that one couple could finish their ice cream from the shop upstairs. Once desserts were done, Plested delivered an hour of sharp and witty character comedy, with stand-outs including the organiser of an ill-fated girls’ night out, a woman who deemed a funeral an appropriate platform to explain how honest she is, and a human cannonball who required (audience-assisted) launching. Others, particularly a Homeland-inspired skit, were less successful, but the pace didn’t flag and the laughs kept coming. The sketches were interspersed with pre-recorded comments from Plested’s husband, who doesn’t seem fully behind her comedy career. He should be though, she’s great.

Ciao Roma, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]