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Marjolein Robertson: Marj (Marjolein Robertson / The Stand Comedy Club)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2023

A selkie is a mythical creature, part human, part seal, which removes its skin on leaving the water in order to take on human form. Marjolein Robertson is a very funny human from Shetland, where the selkie story originates. Here, in amongst a fine mix of surreal storytelling whimsy, winsome silliness and scatological filth, she weaves in her own selkie tale as a device through which to gradually reveal a story she would otherwise be unable to tell, about being in a coercive-abusive relationship. Towards the end, Robertson muses on the transition from surviving such a thing to somehow thriving. As she restores her metaphorical skin in the show’s affirming climax, you’d have to say she is indeed comedically thriving. Wonderful stuff.

The Stand Comedy Club, until 27 Aug
tw rating 5/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]