Alison Spittle: Worrier Princess

This is a tough one because I feel pretty strongly that there’s a better version of Worrier Princess that I didn’t see. Alison Spittle is obviously a naturally funny person, but the show seemed slow and meandering. That’s not at all to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Spittle is from rural Ireland and leverages that upbringing for much of the show’s laughs. She has a knack for embodying a kind of exaggerated national character that’s as funny as it is delightful.

But to return to the problems, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of lethargy throughout Worrier Princess. I’m not sure whether to put it down to the heat (it was a very hot room), or a bout of illness, or just plain exhaustion, but Spittle felt aimless and scattered throughout much of the performance. When it was funny it was funny, but pacing is paramount in maintaining a sense of jollity and pacing just wasn’t quite there.

Again, I’m inclined to believe that this was an anomaly. Spittle is a talented comedian and for what it’s worth plenty other members of the audience seemed to be enjoying it more than me. If I didn’t think more highly of Spittle’s humour I’d put the lacklustre time down to a difference of opinion, but as it stands I can’t help but feel I got unlucky with this one.

A disappointing delivery marred an otherwise good show with plenty to like, especially if you’re in the position to appreciate the Ireland material. I hate to sound down on something I feel like I should have enjoyed much more, so watch out for this one – I’d encourage people to give it the second chance I probably won’t have the time to.

★★★

Keiran Burnett

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