Mary Bourke: Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

4 Stars ****

Mary Bourke tried to get into the Pleasance, but it didn’t work out, so here she plays in a basement next to the toilets. The glamour of show biz huh?

At the top of the show this quietly spoken Irish comic explains that there is no message in the show, no hidden meanings, no pathos, just jokes, jokes and more jokes. How novel. And contrary as in the title.

There are some anecdotes in the set, a bit of audience participation but as previously stated, predominately jokes galore.

It was a testament to her quality, and that of the material, that she was finishing long before I expected. The time had been fully filled and had just evaporated.

The show I attended was fairly full, but there is always room for you. It is a show that is a refreshing change from a lot of others.

As part of The Laughing Horse Free Festival entry is free but everyone is encouraged to put a donation in her bucket at the end, well she does have to eat, so don’t forget to fold yours on the way out.

Reviewed by Geoff

Laughing Horse @ The Street V 239

Until 29 August

16:00 to 17:00

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