Louise Reay: Eraserhead

Recently there was a bit of publicity in the papers about Louise Reay.

The whole show is just Louise Reay trying to make a pity party for herself

She was being sued by her ex-husband who was seeking £30,000 in damages and an injunction stopping her talking about him in her show. A GoFundMe page was started for her court costs and, as

she believes she was being censored, it soon became a issue about free speech. Because of all these legal issues, lawyers said that she had to rewrite her show in order to stop slandering her ex-husband. This was either a good publicity stunt or an excuse for a poorly constructed show.

Eraserhead starts with Louise bouncing through the audience to the song Psycho Killer by Talking Heads then randomly going on about memorials on park benches and how funny they are in a PowerPoint presentation. The audience barely agreed.

The bubbly blonde then starts to explain how dreadful her life is and does anyone in the audience know she’s being sued. The only people who do are her friends and family who she had previously pointed out in the audience.

She explains that she can’t talk about important things as her lawyers won’t allow it.

The show continues with complete lack of content and structure.

There are points in the show where Reay interacts with her mother via pre-recorded video. Her mother is amusing, but no real laughs come from the audience. There’s an awkward atmosphere in the room as she talks about how she now wants a baby after a psychic told her she’d have a daughter. She tells us she met this psychic after her parents paid for her to go to an overseas spa to get over "the thing" she can’t talk about.

Throughout the show she holds a script saying lawyers have told her what she can say and it’s apparently nothing to do with not learning her show. The only time the audience does laugh is when Louise starts talking in fluent Chinese. She gets laughs by making an audience member her baby and talking to him in her second language and throwing bread into the audience.

The whole show is just Louise Reay trying to make a pity party for herself. She is making herself a victim, but because the audience is not given any background on on her life, it makes it hard to sympathise.

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The Blurb

The first show in Edinburgh was banned ... and lawyers told her to can the second show. How will the third show fare? 'Eraserhead' is the third instalment of award-winning comedian Louise Reay’s provocative trilogy on power and oppression. It’s a free country, isn’t it? Currently facing legal proceedings, Louise explores issues of free expression, censorship and oppression in modern Britain. Winner- Adelaide Fringe Best Emerging Artist 2017 (weekly) Nominee - Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2017 Nominee - Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker Award 2016 "Louise Reay can legitimately claim to be unique." The Independent This project is supported by an Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe bursary.