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Yuriko Kotani: Somosomo (Mick Perrin Worldwide)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2019

Performing stand-up in your second language must be tough, especially when your English is regularly criticised and you suffer from a fear of public speaking. Yuriko Kotani overcame these challenges to give a charming performance full of dry humour. After a playful introduction on Japanese stereotypes, she detailed some of the challenges she has faced since moving to the UK. She confided that stand-up comedy has been a cathartic release, allowing her to fight back against the misogynists who have caused her grief. Clearly buoyed by an enthusiastic audience, she robustly dealt with some of the idiocies surrounding a women’s role. On occasion her flow and the pace slackened, but this didn’t take away from a performance full of authenticity and bravery.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Charlie Ellis]