The Lamp Tavern
Birmingham Comedy Festival
5th October 2013
“Wolverhampton’s unexploded comedy time-bomb, Linda Hargreaves, detonates during the Birmingham Comedy Festival in her one-woman show.
In Rice n Peas n Caviar Linda wants to introduce us to her girls – a cheeky, irreverent, hilarious look at the larger-than-life characters she meets in her travels. Her portraits are as full of affection as they are full of satire. Your view of the world won’t be the same when you leave as it was when you arrived.”
Written and Performed: Linda Hargreaves
Directed: Rod Dungate
It’s not every day you get to see a new female comedy act so I really looked forward to seeing Linda Hargreaves in her one woman show, her debut show. She was performing it at The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham, as part of the fledgling, new Birmingham Comedy Festival 2013, running for the second consecutive year.
In an all too brief visit to the Midlands, this was the one show of the festival that really caught my eye.
Linda Hargreaves, from Wolverhampton, delivered an hour long show that showcased three main characters. First up, we were introduced to The Hon Tish Tushingham, a kind of Sloane Ranger Upper class woman, living in the countryside, riding her horses and enjoying all kinds of lady of leisure activities. The character was very amusing, with her set deliciously peppered with neat one liners. Being a Black woman just happened to make her character more comical and unique. Not at all your typical Sloane ranger!
After a brief break we enjoyed Mrs Kendrick, an Irish, Mancunian, factory worker with an interesting and saucy side to her. The characterisation was funny, fresh and feisty.
Lastly, we saw Linda as an elderly Jamaican lady, Assumpta Beattie, living in London. This character went down very well with the audience. Even I got picked out by her for apparently not admiring the Queen and was given a photo of Her Majesty to take home!!
I thoroughly enjoyed Linda Hargreaves show and judging by the laughter reverberating around the packed Lamp Tavern, I wasn’t alone in feeling that way. The characters were fresh, funny and feisty with plenty of razor sharp punch lines coming at you from all angles.
It’s great to see new talent on the female comedy scene. Linda Hargreaves is a star in the making and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.
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