Aisling Bea never seems to stop. She’s dancing on stage before everyone is even seated, and then performing twice as fast once they are.

Strangely, her infectious high-speed delivery doesn’t quite marry with her honest and sometimes sweet material. There are no real surprises here. Bea deals with Baywatch, Hollywood plastic surgery and Irish birth control; observational comedy that sometimes just observes the obvious. But the crowd are with her every step of the way.

Audience interaction is peppered throughout, giving the show the feel of a well-crafted six minute set, that accidentally, and happily, woke up to discover it was an hour-long show. The narrative of the Plan Bea is a little loose but the final set-piece is a joy, worth the admission price alone.

Although safe, Plan Bea is a solid hour of stand-up with enough range and quality to please most, and delight a few.

Words: Tom Crosby

Aisling Bea: Plan Bea, Gilded Balloon, 7-31 (not 19th) 9:30pm

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