Susan Murray: How Not To Die In A Plane Crash 3*** and a half - One4Review
one4review | On 04, Aug 2019
I learned things in this show, fascinating things, and I laughed. Excellent, job done!
Ms Murray is obsessed with a TV programme about investigations into aeroplane crashes. It is not, however, a ghoulish fascination; she acknowledges that it’s a horrible thing to happen (and a horrible way to die). But she’s really interested in how the causes are identified and then fixed so it doesn’t happen again. And having watched ten series of the show in the name of research, Ms Murray distils her accumulated knowledge to present her top ten tips for not dying in a plane crash.
Ms Murray is a confident performer, with masses of stage presence. Finding all of the audience seats is apparently a great way of establishing rapport, and she maintained this throughout the show, keeping us engaged by asking questions and eliciting contributions. She also presents as genuinely interested in her subject, and anyone talking about their passion will always be alluring.
While the topic might not be the most obvious subject for a comedy show, Ms Murray’s own interest, her treatment of the material, the structure and the performance combine to make this a great hour.
Reviewed by Laura
PBH’s Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth
16:30, not 12th or 19th