Shazia Mirza: Busybody

3 Star ***

I’m never sure what to expect when going to see Shazia Mirza perform. The lady has the knack of being something of an enigma as far as I am concerned.

I like her, but feel at times she can be her own worst enemy.

She starts of this show by not so much breaking the fourth wall but obliterating it. Showing off the ‘elaborate’ waiting area, wandering around the audience, ‘borrowing’ an audience members coat putting it on and going through the pockets. Strange stuff!!

Starting off with theLondonriots in an area where she once taught, Sahia goes into a little history of her life and heritage and her parents desire for grandchildren.

There was a segment about British and complaining, Trip Advisor, Points of View and being asked her opinion on things she has no knowledge of. Also the trend for people to talk in clichés, something that she dislikes

The audience on the night I attended consisted of a predominantly mature ‘Guardian reading’ crowd and at times she struggled to make headway with them.

Ms Mizra is a well prepared performer, she is intellectual, she is erudite, but I feel she can get disillusioned if the audience are not going with her and on this night they were not.

Reviewed by Geoff

Gilded Balloon Teviot V14

3 to 28 August

20:15 to 21:15

Fringe Brochure P150

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