So, with the caveat that the time to use an exclamation mark in literature is NEVER, unless you are creating a comic for children with ADHD, I will say that Woodward’s enthusiasm is quite catching. I certainly wished I’d seen Showstoppers’ Improvised Musical from her breathless (but finely-detailed) description.
Her review of Mark Thomas, on the other hand, is so gushy that it reminded me of an ebullient child; perhaps a tired, happy six-year old coming home from a fairground bursting to tell you what she’s been up to. I can see that Woodward is entirely on the same page as Thomas, both politically and in what she finds funny, but still a BIT of professional detachment would help.
There’s plenty of considered froideur when discussing Storyteller’s Club, on the other hand – a show that doesn’t have the manic energy of her other two choices. Woodward complains that the promised “fireside stories” had no actual fire – in fact they were told “in an inflatable igloo”. She can’t quite get on board despite the laughter around her. One senses that Woodward is not so at home in a lo-fi environment.
Woodward does take pains to explain what to expect at everything she sees which, while perhaps a little redundant at a mixed-bag show, does give a good flavour of her own experience.
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