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Jay Lafferty: Bahookie (Gilded Balloon and Watch This Space Productions)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

“If you don’t join a conga line, you’re a prick”, is one of a number of funny but seemingly incongruous throwaway lines littering Jay Lafferty’s warm, funny and cleverly crafted set. That comes not long after she’s told us to treat the pole to the right of the stage like we do climate change: don’t worry about it until it becomes critical. A well-delivered, gag-heavy routine ensues, themed around turning 40 as a woman, before wrapping up in an audaciously call-back heavy, gleefully silly pole-dancing finale brings it all triumphantly home. She said early on that she wanted this to be a show about joy. Mission accomplished, I’d say. As for those callbacks, well “if you don’t join a conga line…”

Gilded Balloon, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]