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LAUREN PATTISON: LADY MUCK gets 8.5/10 Mucking funny

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck @ Red Room, Brass Monkey (for Fringe)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

8.5/10

Newcomer Lauren Pattison is a comedic tour de force, making her Fringe debut this week in Perth. Although the Red Room at Brass Monkey is not the most vibe-friendly space, with a blank flat screen behind the stage and taped-up black plastic over the windows, it does create a rather cosy, intimate atmosphere to experience good comedy, and good comedy was certainly on tap on Tuesday night.

Originally hailing from Newcastle, UK, the pint-sized be-sequined twenty-something immediately disarmed the audience with her informal banter and kept the laughs and interest up for her entire set. Topics ranged from growing up in Newcastle to making the big move to London, the naivety of early romantic relationships, a string of low-status jobs and horrible bosses, and generally the absurdity of fitting into society that, based on the laughs, touched a nerve in both young and older audience members.

Her delivery was rapid-paced with a thick, yet clear, northern accent and as we learned, growing up in Newcastle is a hard-living, hard-talking proposition that the show earnestly presents. Seriously, this young lady can talk! Even though the stories and punchlines are delivered speedily, her timing was impeccable, like a footwork or jungle dance track. Her show touched on more emotional subjects as well, but these were delivered with a sensitivity and honesty that was refreshing. At the end of the show, she was truly feeling it a bit and kept going over time with no complaints from the rapt audience.

FRINGE WORLD is all about discovering new things and people with talent, and stumbling into the Red Room to experience youngster Lauren Pattison’s Lady Muck was a treat. The early 7pm set time is a perfect way to kick off your Fringe night with some heartfelt humour from a genuine new talent.

PAUL DOUGHTY

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck runs until February 25 upstairs at the Red Room at The Brass Monkey for FRINGE WORLD. For tickets and more information, visit the event page here.

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