Celia Pacquola – Flying Solo

****

4Stars

The name Celia Pacquola first came to my attention last Fringe and I was hearing good things about this new kid on the block from Australia, so made a point of checking for myself when I saw she was returning to Edinburgh for Fringe 2010.

Playing to a sold out room this bubbly comedian hit the stage running with a warm up gag or two with the front row prior to moving into her set, based on the trials, tribulations and even embarrassment of doing things solo. Of course she gives a few demonstrations and confessions about things that have happened to her and even an obsession with a particular game found on Facebook.

There is a whole raft of material from her earlier life both at home, school and the teenage years where examples of solos are expounded, all to great effect and merriment.

Ms Pacquola intersperses her sections with some VT of how she progressed with a challenge she set herself, a challenge she performs live at the conclusion of her set.

Celia was dubbed Adam Hills with ovaries last year and I can understand why. Like her countryman, she is engaging, very funny and seems a nice person with a huge stage presence. I look forward to seeing her develop into the household name he is.

****

Reviewed by Geoff

Gilded Balloon Billiard Room V14

4 to 30 August

18-00 to 19-00

Fringe Brochure P 41

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