Eleanor Tiernan - Enjoying the Spotlight Responsibly 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 13, Aug 2019
Eleanor Tiernan is a self confessed cranky gen Xer who has definitely found her audience. The show was sold out and there was a real warmth for her in the room. She opens by empathizing with the audience’s experience of Edinburgh and immediately gets us onside. The set touches on the absurdities of modern politics, occupations and her obsession with true crime. A thread running through the hour is the notion that you don’t need to have your own child to be able to display motherly prowess. A skill which she attempts to display on any given occasion.
An interaction on one such occasion in her local MacDonald’s in Hackney, and it’s the disastrous consequences forms the main story in the show. There are some very witty observations and plenty of punchlines making it a really confident hour. The hour ends abruptly without conclusion and you feel you could have easily spent another with her. This show isn’t pushing any boundaries and the laughs are frequent rather than huge, but all the same it’s greatly enjoyable and you’ll leave wanting more. The show is part of free PBH fringe but there was a healthy queue so make sure you get there in time for a ticket.
Reviewed by Sarah
PBH’s Free Fringe@Banshee Labyrinth (Chamber Room)