Griffins Hotel
Until 10 Mar 2019

Review by Jamie Wright

Presented at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival

Lucy Gransbury is upfront about the fact that she chose the title of her show well before actually sitting down to conceive the content. But it hasn’t stopped her from putting together a show full of jokes, songs and clever insights.

It’s very autobiographical; Gransbury has led an interesting life, and that’s given her a perspective that, despite its lack of hardships (a fact she works into a hilarious rap based on Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’), provides for a lot of anecdotes – the segment about auditioning for acting roles and advertising had the audience in stitches.

There are other parody songs and she’s backed by keyboardist Deborah Brennan, who also adds vocals on a couple of numbers. Gransbury is engaging and likeable and what definitely works in her favour is – as she explains and then makes references to throughout the performance – her drama school training. She’s very expressive physically, and this element adds to the impact of her storytelling.

On opening night the show ran a good ten minutes over its advertised 55-minute running time, but it never felt like it was dragging. And the sound quality was a bit of a problem – Gransbury was at times hard to hear, and (sadly for anyone who’s familiar with her solo shows) from where we were sitting, accompanist Deborah Brennan was also almost impossible to discern over the music when she was singing.

Technical issues aside, this is a clever and well-conceived show from a talented performer.

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)