ED2021 Comedy Reviews

El Greco Of Hornsey (Olga Thompson)

By | Published on Wednesday 11 August 2021

It is the decade of ‘Dynasty’ and thirteen-year-old Olga is convinced George Michael could pop into her mother’s hairdressing salon in North London at any moment. ‘El Greco Of Hornsey’ follows Olga’s transition from the awkward tween sweeping up hair to a confident boy obsessed teenager. It’s a one-woman show that sees Thompson play a whole host of weird and wonderful characters, each one passing through the salon to get their hair done, catch up on gossip and sample some family delicacies. From chatty big tippers to creepy uncles, they all make an appearance. With crude costume changes giving it an enjoyably DIY, slap-stick feel, this delightful performance is a celebration of a family and community with an enormous amount of heart.

Greenside @ GreenScreen until 30 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bethan Highgate-Betts]