Eleanor Morton: Angry Young Woman

Eleanor Morton’s show takes a smart, but self-deprecating look at feminism and the comedian’s own place in it, but feels full of more potential than she delivers.

A perfect starter for a day of shows

Morton warms the crowd up with a few short, clever jokes at the beginning, talks a bit about her awkwardness when confronted with the sexism of strangers, before heading into an improvised rap about a suggested historical period which was just shy of being funny or impressive enough to warrant a place in the show. Her sketches, while intelligent and well-delivered, could do with some editing as they occasionally feel overlong, especially considering her explanatory lead-ins. An improvised game where she rewrites film plots as if the protagonist had been a woman, while initially well-used to regain the waning interest of the audience during the notorious lulls of the 20- and 40-minute marks, returns one too many times towards the end.

Though her extensive experience in sketch and improv are impressive, it’s Morton’s more conventional routines, which all have a stylistic twist within them which feels very individual, that pack the biggest punches. Hints of a more alternative style that perhaps come from her experience as a board member at the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, are subtle and well-interlinked with the straight stand-up that comprises much of her show.

Her strongest material comes from a mixture of observational and more confessional material which takes full advantage of her inherent on-stage likeability. Morton covers a diverse range of subjects, from the ornamental nature of a bride on what is supposed to be her big day to the inherent distrust men have of women, and even about the size of ravens. A clear historical focus feels underplayed with routines on underappreciated feminist icons from history, which she abashedly admits was inspired by a Buzzfeed article, containing a nuance and depth that could have been delved into further.

Though maybe not her best show, Angry Young Woman is both informative and enjoyable. It’s early time-slot makes it a perfect starter for a day of shows, and the budding talents of Eleanor Morton are worth seeing as someone who will surely be an influential mainstay of the circuit in years to come. 

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The Blurb

Eleanor Morton is mad as hell and she’s not going to take it anymore. A biting, surreal and hilarious show from the award-nominated comic which asks: can I be less angry? Should I be less angry? Why are avocados the worst fruit in the world? Join Morton on her passive aggressive and witty journey through the history of angry women. ‘One of the most exciting rising stars of the British comedy circuit’ **** (Young-Perspective.net). 'Morton’s uncanny comedy is intelligent, enjoyable and very funny' (TVBomb.co.uk). Tour support for Frankie Boyle, Josie Long and Stewart Francis.