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Holly Burn: At Home With Holly
Radical innovative comedy in a real house. Ding Holly Burn's doorbell-follow her from bed to cooker to bath....maybe you’ll get to do the dishes. Like nothing you've seen before.
Holly Burn: At Home With Holly - Fringe 2009
I don’t really want to describe some of the incidents that happen in this show, taking place in the flat Holly Burn is also living in for the duration of the festival. It’s not for fear of giving the game away for future audiences, but rather that any such account is likely to lead to Burn’s sectioning.
Surreal is one thing; here you genuinely fear for her state of mind. Laughs come from a combination of trying to humour her, as you would a toddler showing off, or out of sheer nervousness, as you attempt to diffuse a worrying situation.
A group of a dozen or so meet outside the New Town flat at the allotted wacky time of 3.07pm, and are shown in by Holly’s flatmate Sam, an old-fashioned cassette recorder strung around his neck to provide a soundtrack to the ‘spectacle’ we are about to witness.
Inside, all the props, food and even the dog are made out of cardboard, as in Kirsten Schaal’s viral video hit Penelope: Princess Of Pets – but that’s, unfortunately, where the comparison ends.
Burn delights in making us feel awkward as she shows us around her ‘maison d’etre’ – one of the few actual jokes in the hour-long visit. Packed sardine-tight into each room in turn, the house guests get a peek into her jumbled mind as she talks us through her life or orchestrates a prepared scene of domestic oddness.
Occasionally it’s strange in a good way, rather than just a stare-awkwardly-at-your-shoes way, and there is one coup de theatre that is hard to see coming.
You might want to go for the unique experience, as this is the sort of show that you can only ever really see at Edinburgh – but it’s unfortunate for Burn that Mark Watson’s The Hotel (in which she also has a role) offers something similar, and much better thought-through, in the very same year she had her idea.
|Date of live review: Saturday 22nd Aug, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
This was my surprise hit of the fringe festival and an absolute bargain at £2.50! Holly is a secret comedy genius i feel and totally deserves any acclaim that she will surely receive from this. She is a star in the making and samuel peeps was also absolute class as the support! truly awesome show. check it out and i guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Went to see Holly and co on Friday 7th August. Didn't really know what to expect as it is set in a basement flat in a residential street a few mins walk from George Street. Boy was I surprised, an incredibly talented actress who oozes confidence and interest. I wont spoil the show for anyone wanting to attend but let's just say expect the bizarre and you will still be surprised. Hilariously funny. The girl has to get her own TV show off the back of it. Samuel L Jackson is marvellous in his supporting role tying the whole piece together. Go book your place now! Highlight of my day at the fringe.