Natalie Haynes -
In this, her semi-sequel to last year’s Perrier nominated show, Natalie Haynes invites her audience to venture even further than before into the intriguing depths of her strangely troubled world.
"A star in the making."
Whilst delving into a troubled past - which has led to her unhealthy fascination for Dick Van Dyke in Diagnosis Murder - Haynes ricochets from one quirkily deranged subject to another: she encounters non-celebrity celebrity Peggy Entwistle, frets over badgers with tuberculosis, finds herself persona non grata in Stoke on Trent, examines her incapacity to meet her boyfriend's malnourished family and celebrates her pathological loathing of anyone under twenty.
"the country's leading young female stand-up"
In Autumn 2002, following the enormous success of Six Degrees of Desolation at the Edinburgh Fringe, Natalie made her West End debut at the Soho Theatre, London, and her New York debut at the PSNBC Arts Centre in Manhattan. In Troubled Enough, she continues to be the scourge of the faint-hearted and fuck-witted.
Press on the Edinburgh run –
METRO 18 August 2003 – NATALIE HAYNES
DISHES out so much material so fast that you may not finish downloading
it all until well
after the show has finished. This cuts both ways. Her smiling, fluent
delivery keeps her compelling throughout, as she touches on what she has
been up to since her last Edinburgh
show: getting banned from Keele University for life; going to see a therapist,
even if it means losing the phobias that have given so much to her act.
This is the happy show to follow last year's Six Degrees Of Desolation.
Well, sort of. Cutting back on hating herself leaves a void that only
hating others can fill. She hates (among others) kids, farmers, fishermen,
the politically correct and the illiterate. But Haynes the misanthrope
asks more of her audience than Haynes the self-deprecator. It is here
that she would benefit from putting more light and shade into
her delivery. 'The whole point of a prejudice is that you can't justify
it, otherwise it's a fact,' she suggests, but the only advantage of a
comic giving us
prejudice rather than truth is because it sheds light on themselves. She
is bright, quick, engaging company.
Previews 30 July - 2 August £5 2 for 1 3, 4
8, 9, 15, 16, 21-24 Aug £10 (£8)
Other dates £9 (£7.50)
No performances 5, 12 August
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