Gráinne Maguire’s latest Fringe hour will once again delight those looking for some meat with their comedy as she takes on Brexit and the EU. Although a political stand-up performance, Maguire’s excellent timing and the superior wit in her writing makes it stand apart from the rest of the comedy bemoaning our current state of affairs.

More than just the political side of the show, however, she also gives her unique spin to many subjects that almost all in the audience can relate to, from family troubles to moving home. Her way with the audience keeps you feeling comfortable rather than afraid, and if you can’t get enough of some good audience participation, you’ll be fighting people to get to the front row.

Maguire goes into detail about her Irish origins to great comic effect, and takes full advantage of the small venue at the Gilded Balloon. She creates an intimate atmosphere, and her comfort in her own skin and easy way of talking to the strangers in front of her gets everybody on her side.

A definite must see performance from a comic at the top of her game, Gráinne with a Fada is one of the finest political stand-up shows at this year’s Fringe.

Review by Joanna Hedley

Grainne Maguire: Grainne with a Fada, Gilded Balloon Teviot (venue 14), Aug 4-14, 16-28, 6:30pm

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