Geraldine Hickey - One Week In Paradise
PBH's Free Fringe
This Aussie lady's short show is not so much comedy as a frank, true story told by someone who just happens to be funny. There's a great attraction in true stories, and it is a bonus that Hickey's is more truth than exaggerated comedy yarn. Not everyone could turn their week in a psychiatric ward as a teenager into a show that entertains and moves, but she does it, and whilst oozing a genuine friendliness and exhibiting a desire to be liked beneath her sarcastic and blunt exterior. Warning that she is going to go 'a little dark on your arses', she doesn't spare us the details of bodily functions, self-harm and difficult personal moments, and holds a room's attention with her raw and refreshing material.
Nichol Edwards, 2 - 23 Aug (not 4,11,18), 4.45pm (5.35pm), free, fpp 54
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival