Theatre

I'mperfect

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7359.342 (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:342
  1. Helen Lucas (hlucas@hotmail.com), GP principal
  1. London

    A show by comedian Francesca Martinez

    Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, until 26 August

    www.pleasance.co.uk/edin/prog/folders/francesca/index.html

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    As with any stand-up comedian worth his or her salt, Francesca Martinez shifts so rapidly between the sublime, the ridiculous, and the bizarre that her audience has to concentrate ferociously on keeping up with her stories, one liners, and visual gags. She muses on the aims of advertising, touches on the rather tricky morality of the United Kingdom supplying arms to both India and Pakistan, and then on how each one of us has a special face for the mirror. So far, so good. Why does she merit a review out of all the sparky, clever, anarchic, comics at Edinburgh this year?

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