The show opens with a familiar scene. “Life is like a box of chocolates,” says Jayde Adams dressed as Forrest Gump. The audience are soon treated to a sample of one of Adams’ party tricks: she can recite the entire script of the film. Fortunately, she won’t do the whole thing, just enough to prove to the audience that she can. There will be more tricks to follow.

Jayded is a wonderful exploration of friendship, love and most importantly, self-love. This charming show combines Adams’ excellent comedic timing with great musical skill, as she compares significant moments of her life with some of her favourite films. There is no doubt that Adams is a gifted performer, from rapping to beatboxing, singing and dancing, there seems to be no limit to her talents.

Her comedic timing is impeccable, as is her audience work, which is probably helped by the fact that the venue is small and intimate, making the show feel more like a conversation between friends.

Joyfully colourful, Jayded is an emotional roller-coaster that will have you at times wishing you could run into the stage and give the performer a big hug, because she is completely likeable, mesmerising and infectious, but most of all, relatable.

This show is delightfully uplifting and heart-warming without becoming too emotional or sappy. It is the perfect balance between musical comedy, personal tragedy and audience participation. An absolute must see for anyone who has at some point in their lives doubted themselves or their self-worth.

Words: Mariana Mercado

Jayde Adams is Jayded, Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 6-28, 9.30pm

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