Edinburgh Fringe Review #8: Tania Edwards – ‘Electrifying’

Hello once again, and here’s another review based on the “Top Thursday” of the Fringe and one of my favourite days in a long, long time. We had ‘Super Saturday’ in the Olympics, and my jubilation throughout this whole day was on par with watching Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford get gold. What a day and what a time to be alive. Edinburgh was also the time to be alive. I’d just walked out of Geoff Norcott’s gig which was just fabulous and I was wondering what gig to go to next. I had a few hours to kill before I saw the Improv Musical and I knew that I wanted to see another comedian. So, once again, I trekked over to Pleasance’s Box Office and went to book a ticket. In the meantime, I text my comedy friend Becca asking who she would go and see. She’s a comedy whiz and she said to check out a few people (sadly, I did not have enough time to see everyone!) but she said one name that struck a chord in my brain. I’d remembered reading about her on her blog and thought, what the heck, let’s take a punt and buy a ticket. I bought a ticket for Tania Edward’s new stand-up show in one of the Bunkers at Pleasance. I’m so glad I did, the woman is an absolute treat. If anything, I could have listened to her voice all day, it’s definitely up there with how much I love listening to Joanna Lumley speak. The chills.

If I was to describe Tania Edwards in three words, I’d say “next Kate Moss”. I’m not even kidding here. Tania is tall, with a slim physique but not so slim that it screams underweight or with a medical condition. She has white-blonde hair and dresses just like Tyra Banks taught all her model protégés to dress on America’s Next Top Model. Honestly, the woman is gorgeous and extremely down-to-earth. In the particular gig that I went to see her perform, she had some of her management in and she was so cool with them. She clearly just gets on with everyone she meets, and this was the case once the show had finished. Just like Rob Beckett, she went outside the venue and said hello to everyone. I said that the show was marvellous and she was so thankful to me for going. Tania has really worked to get to this successful position and it’s a testament to her ethic that she has never given up. She was a finalist in the Nivea Funny Women competition, which has paved the way for many successful TV female comedians today. I sincerely hope that Tania does the same, as she’s a bit different from many comedians on the TV circuit today. She’s a tiny bit posh but amazing at working the audience into her set. Think David Mitchell mixed with Ellen Degeneres.

Tania 1

Before the show started, I queued outside the venue for a few minutes until we were allowed in. At one point, the few of us who were outside the venue were slightly sceptical that there were only going to be around 10 of us. However, our fears were quelled when the doors were opened and the venue filled out into a perfect amount. Not too long after going in there, the show started. If I’m honest, I was definitely one of the younger people in the audience which surprised me at first, considering that she claims the time of her slot at the Fringe is a total game-changer in comparison to last year. Previously, she performed at 3pm, but her 4:35pm slot was guaranteed to pull the younger audience in. Or so she thought. However, the audience were most definitely young-at-heart, with some audience members more intoxicated than the majority of people I knew during Freshers. Sidenote: how do people justify getting seriously drunk at the Fringe when pints are £5 a pop? I’ll have no idea.

It probably helped her case that the audience were young-at-heart and appreciated a cheap joke about accents and being posh. Edinburgh is full of affluent and impoverished areas, similar to many towns in the United Kingdom. Tania recognises that her accent isn’t the norm, and she makes it clear that she didn’t use Daddy’s pony to get to Edinburgh. In fact, this whole show for her is the exact opposite. At the start, Tania mentions her new husband and discusses that they’d recently just got married. What a lovely thought. So where is the husband? Oh, he’s currently not with Tania. Tania is using the festival as her honeymoon, wrapping up in jumpers and scarves instead of the traditional bikini in Hawaii look. Each to their own, I suppose. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Tania is besotted with her partner, and she’s not yet in the argumentative stage with her husband.

Tania 2

As well as discussing her husband, Tania also discusses her material with the audience. She asks how long people have been in marriage and then seamlessly links this into her own material about how she doesn’t understand her husband as he’s an Indian from Belfast. In a recent interview, Tania stated that her discerning audiences make her show stand out from all the others that are at the Fringe. Sadly, I feel that this is the case with the show I went to see. Although they were a kind audience, they weren’t exactly responsive. I’m not too sure if this is because it was mid-afternoon, and that game-changer slot wasn’t the dream time she’s envisioned. Was it because the audience weren’t appreciative of her comedy style? Who knows. Tania uses the strategy of poking fun at the church and other metanarratives in society in order to make sense of life. Tania also had a section of the show on pornography, yet with a young member in the audience, this was done with slight hesitation. It was clear to see that Tania is an incredible comedian and someone who can easily command an entire room. Even with audience members actually talking towards each other whilst the show was going on, Tania put this beside her and carried on with an excellent show. Tania was great in my opinion, but I’m not entirely sure if her show was as electrifying to the audience as I felt it was. For a reviewing-style emoji, I’d use the eyes as she is clearly a comedian to watch out for in the future, and she really is great. However, I don’t know if I saw the absolutely perfect show that she’d want everyone to see. She was wonderful and I’d encourage people to go and watch someone who writes for Mock the Week in person!

Please check out Tania’s show if you want to see a splendid set filled with risqué humour that is on the right side of pushing fun at ideas, objects and people: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/tania-edwards-electrifying

In terms of a song, it has to be the song that was used as we all walked out of the venue. Tania stated that if this song was consistently blasted out in town centres and other public places, people would move faster and get their jobs done. Plus, it’s a sporty piece of music, so it’s a little bit different to what I’d normally pick. Have you gathered yet that I’m not the sporty type? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOEO_fgG3-I

Enjoy,

Sophie x

Why don’t you check out my last review, where I saw Geoff Norcott, and my next review of The Improv Musical?

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