Josie Long: Tender 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 18, Aug 2019
Josie Long is back with her first fringe show in five years and the crowded room is a testament to how much she’s been missed. This show dances between the apocalyptic and the optimistic, thankfully with enough of a dose of the latter to send you out into the world with a sense of purpose. It is a playful and intelligent hour about her recent experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and her feelings about them in the context of the climate crisis.
This is a very funny show, Long gives her two accents, lots of recurring gags, cheeky asides and some playful chat with a plush seal. She goes into great detail about her 50 hour labour finding lots to laugh about, from her utter denial about the fact she was in labour to filling the awkward gaps between contractions while the baby’s head is already out. She is a skilled and experienced performer, whether shouting proclamations or speaking softly as though sharing a great secret, we’re all listening attentively.
Her admiration for Greta Thunberg is heartfelt, she reads quotes from her book of collated speeches ‘ No One Is Too Small To Make a Difference’ and imagines the future run by 13 year old girls, with a great punchline. Although she’s had very little sleep this year she’s made a show which is focused and confident, nothing feels superfluous or whimsical. There is an urgency to this show about the bigness of making a person and what it means to be in the world right now.
Reviewed by Sarah
Stand Comedy Club – Stand 1