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Jasper Red: Press Play (Natalie Walmsley)

By | Published on Thursday 16 August 2018

If your chakras are due a clean, Jasper Red is here to help. Part drag queen, part “energy healer”, Red (the comic creation of Natalie Walmsley) is a relentlessly cheerful spiritual guru, whose love for crystals is matched only by her devotion to Britney Spears. Her debut show is fun in parts, but the whole doesn’t hold together that well. A conceit where Red’s WhatsApp chats keep appearing behind her is more confusing than anything, and the show is short to the point of feeling unfinished – Greenside’s guide lists the show as an hour, but it runs significantly shorter. The unexpectedly emotional ending indicates that Walsmley is someone with a great show in her future – but this isn’t quite it.

Greenside @ Nicolson Square, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]