Joanna Neary's Little Moments

Note: This review is from 2007

Review by Steve Bennett

In the past, Joanna Neary has done nothing to explain the characters and sketches in her shows. But this year she has decided to ‘smash through the fourth wall’ and address the audience directly between her cheerfully batty skits, which certainly adds to the experience.

She frames the scenes by reading from her teenage diaries, providing an increasingly personal feel. They tell of teenage life in Eighties Cornwall with a loose tooth and Lady Di haircut and the many boys that steadfastly ignored her conjuring a vivid, painfully funny (if only in retrospect) picture of her early life.

The meat of the show again involves a host of inventively drawn, slightly insane characters, some of which will be familiar to viewers of her previous shows. Having purchased a return ticket, Celia (inspired by Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter) appears again to share in clipped upper-middle-class tones her lust for any bit of rough she sees in the corner shop.

For those who laughed themselves sore the last time at Neary’s Pan’s People-style dance to Harry Nilsson’s Without You should pack the ointment as they’re treated to no less than two chaotic, Seventies-inspired dance numbers. Other highlights feature Bjork singing about the property market and a nervous woman giving a talk on sex aids.

As expected by now from Neary, all the characters are given a slightly crazed delivery and invested with an other-worldliness that sets her above your common-or-garden character comic. Quite brilliant.

Reviewed by: Marissa Burgess

Review date: 1 Aug 2007
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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