One Fat Lady: Diva To Dosser

Note: This review is from 2002

Review by Steve Bennett

This part-drag, part-sketch show charts the journey of a Dundee lad, covering his mother's woes about having such an outwardly gay son to his getting sacked from various mind-numbingly monotonous jobs for daring to have an opinion.

It includes plenty of voiceovers and unseen characters, which may have worked more effectively had they involved other performers on the stage as that would have provided a welcome distraction to help maintain the stony-faced audience's interest.

References to a distant past such as Sue Pollard, The Krankies, The Avengers and the like were lost to anyone under 30 - and quite frankly of little interest to those over 30, assuming they had the inclination to remember them.

And there was very little to distinguish the various characters, save for the accents, which might be because they were all apparently facets and traits of the performer.

After the obligatory and unnecessary Stand interval was more of the same bland characters and situations, with our protagonist being dismissed from a string of jobs with rebukes of: "You'll amount to nothing", and culminating in him sleeping under a cash machine.

Unfortunately this one-dimensional and monotonous show never really got off the ground and Bruce Devlin needs to go back to the drawing board if he wants to prove those ex-employers wrong.

Review date: 1 Jan 2002
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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