This new piece from Elf Lyons is described as a ‘unique blend of storytelling, surrealism and brute honesty.’ For once, this is an example of tins and what’s written on them matching up exactly. Lyons is a sparky and inventive performer, and this show, centred around her relationship with her eccentric mother, is never less than engaging throughout. It’s not clear, nor does it matter, how much of the tales of mum’s behaviour is fictionalised or exaggerated: the joy of this is in Lyons’ energetic exuberance in the telling of them. Many comics do self-revelatory stories about their upbringing, their problems with school, growing up, becoming an adult etc. Few do it as well as she does. Her sense of timing, her ability in switching characters to tell a story, the intelligence of her self-analysis, the probing at problems that all of us may have faced at one time or another – all hit home because she knows exactly when to be funny (i.e. pretty much all the time) and when it’s OK to hit an audience with something a bit more serious. Here is a finely balanced, thought-provoking, and hugely enjoyable comic talent.



                                                                                         John Christopher Wood



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