Comedy review: review: Here She Be
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Here She Be at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Like her ex-boyfriend Tom Craine, Nat Luurtsema is performing a show that focuses on their break-up, even as they continue to appear together in sketch group Jigsaw.
In this potent cocktail of heartache and the chance to slag the other off, Luurtsema is the less discreet of the two, especially concerning Craine’s odder habits, deriving satisfaction from knowing he hasn’t seen her hour yet. That the split was amicable prevents her truly sticking the boot in, and there is a feeling of lingering affection that’s clearly putting a strain on both of them. But Luurtsema is also more cutting about herself than Craine, portraying herself as a target of seduction only for boys too young to remember Magic Eye pictures or the CD Walkman.
A stronger writer than performer, who is nevertheless too harsh in foregrounding her lack of obvious warmth, she is not without empathy and there is a wonderfully realised account of her having to stand by and watch as Craine starts to move on with his life, potentially arranging dates with someone else. The situation still feels raw and Luurtsema’s tone veers wildly over the hour. But it is an interesting attempt to suck some final pleasure from their love’s corpse.
Originally published in The Scotsman