Comedy review: Eleanor Thom: I Am Bev
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Eleanor Thom: I Am Bev at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Kate Copstick
If Derek the driver ever gets his act together you might see a very different show from me – which would be a shame because the one I saw was great fun. The plan is to take us on a tour of Edinburgh on a 22-seater coach.
Bev has come to Edinburgh to get discovered. Ideally by the BBC. She is a friendly girl, from Sheffield, naturally funny and unnaturally blonde with a giving nature and a career that has taken her from the old people’s home circuit to her time as a sex worker for Sheffield City Council.
She has been “married in all but name” to Richard for 18 years; between the lines, the relationship sounds strained.
As an audience member, you feel very cared for in Bev’s show – we get a DVT break with special exercises and a free Tunnock’s Teacake. While we wait for Derek the Driver, Bev chats about her life, and her meeting with the BBC. The hour flies by in friendly, funny anecdotes and opinion. She is like a much warmer version of Pam Ann, with a coach instead of a plane. She will go far.
MORE INFO: Eleanor Thom: I Am Bev at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), until 26 August
Originally published in The Scotsman