Review: Lucy Pearman - Baggage at Monkey Barrel Comedy

Baggage is an hour-long, interactive process of high-quality, absurdist immersion. If that sounds up your street, then walk this way. From the second you set foot in the room, bag ‘searches’ and ‘declaration forms’ – otherwise known as post-it notes – make it clear that the boundary between performer and audience is anything but set.

In this vain, Pearman enters from the back of the room and she, too, is immersed… in a suitcase, with only her arms and legs free to move. What follows is a process of Pearman trying, with the help of her audience, to make herself weigh little enough to be allowed to board her flight. This is, of course, slowly but surely taken to its natural, absurd extreme. We never find out where her destination is. We can but wonder.

Pearman is otherworldly, and the world of Baggage is simply her latest creation. Safe to say, it is something to behold. She is, quite rightly, becoming a household name and a safe ‘go-to’ in the world of absurdist comedy. This is in large part down to the fact she’s a definitively explorative creative. With Lucy Pearman, we can only wonder where our next destination will be… No wonder she’s got us hooked.

Lucy Pearman – Baggage, Monkey Barrel Comedy, 2-25 Aug, 4.30pm

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