A Very Tall Storrie

Having been turned away from a packed venue on the day I was originally scheduled to attend, I was anticipating great things on my return the next day. I arrived to discover a hot, sweaty room at the back of the Counting House and the larger-than-life personality of Glasgow-born comic Ashley Storrie.

Her audience interaction at the top of the show (we meet Two Pint Tanya and Mighty Duck) is refreshing and spontaneous.

Childhood misfortune, relationship issues and puberty are discussed, with much of the material straying into the darker subject matters. This isn’t clever comedy – the vast majority of Storrie’s gags are linked to either sex or drugs, backed by plenty of swearing. Half the room was laughing along with her, but the other half just looked uncomfortable.

Her audience interaction at the top of the show (we meet Two Pint Tanya and Mighty Duck) is refreshing and spontaneous. There we also find some funny moments with her mum, comedian Janey Godley. But too soon she gets caught up in the structure of her set and loses the momentum and responsive reflexes that work so well at first. Even moments when she laughs at her own material add more naturalism to an otherwise stilted performance when she is on script.  

Reviews by James Moore

Upstage Centre Youth Theatre

Henry V

★★★★
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

The Greatest Stories Never Told

★★★★
Paradise in Augustines

A Matter of Life and Debt

★★★
theSpace on the Mile

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers

★★★★
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

No Strings

theSpace on the Mile

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up

★★★

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Award-winning stand-up comic Ashley Storrie performs her debut solo show at the Free Festival. From gigs in LA, to an award-winning podcast and BBC Radio pilot under her belt she is set to storm the Fringe. With painfully funny extracts from her teen diaries and hilariously honest accounts of her less than normal life this Tall Storrie has to be seen to be believed. ‘Witty and intelligent’ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘An experienced and accomplished comic ... isn't afraid to frighten the front row with brutally funny material’ (Scotsman).