Monday, August 13, 2007

"Kirsten O'Brien's Confessions of a Children's TV Presenter" - Edinburgh Fringe 2007

This was a fairly late addition to our plans and was chosen as it fitted in with the other shows we had planned both in time and location. I was expecting a well rehearsed show with everything considered and measured, lacking spontaneity and without revealing tales people would prefer remain hidden. Boy was I wrong.

O'Brien gives us a run through her time as a Children's TV presenter - eleven year's worth at present along with anecdotes about life as a 'two bob' celebrity. While there are some very funny stories in here (the Brian Blessed ones in particular) and some revealing secrets, it's O'Brien's energy, charm and enthusiasm that really make it a hit. It is genuinely infectious and she is very comfortable interacting with the audience. It's also one of the few shows where, while there are obviously core elements to the routine, much of it seems largely unscripted and off the cuff. This gives it a little more edge and the suspicion that she just might be saying something that she really shouldn't be.

It's a real feelgood show and a great way to start an afternoon and is honestly well worth seeing even if you have no idea who she is!

"Kirsten O'Brien's Confessions..." runs until the 27th (not the 14th) at 14:10 at the Pleasance Courtyard.