Harriet Dyer: Barking at Aeroplanes

From the get-go, it’s evident that Barking at Aeroplanes is going to be a little bit strange and out of the ordinary. It’s a whirlwind hour of random ramblings, hilarious “did you know?” facts as well as the odd quiz thrown in for good measure. Dyer’s style is certainly unorthodox and sometimes a little off-colour, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but for me, she was a breath of fresh air.

Harriet Dyer is wonderfully weird, definitely eccentric and just a bundle of whimsical hilarity

We learn that all her life, many people have labelled her crazy even though she is adamant that what she is just eccentric. The premise of the show is simple - Dyer endeavours to explore what she believes is a very thin line between eccentric and ‘mental’. She has even gone to the trouble of fashioning a colour-coded ‘mental meter’ which she uses to great comedic effect throughout the show, to gauge the mental occurrences in her stories.

From awkward exchanges with strangers, random standalone jokes with clever use of wordplay, to the casual banter with herself, there is hardly a dull moment, making it a solid hour of comedy. It is undeniable she is a bit of a nutter but she welcomes and embraces her idiosyncrasies, using it to her fullest advantage to entertain the audience.

Harriet Dyer is wonderfully weird, definitely eccentric and just a bundle of whimsical hilarity. If you like your stand up on the oddball side, Barking at Aeroplanes will have you in stitches. 

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The Blurb

Harriet is sangry (sad and angry) that her oddball escapades often end in folk trying to section her. Join this whimsy beast as she explores the thin line between being eccentric and 'mental'. The line may be a little thinner than first anticipated. ‘Instinctively funny … seems certain to become a comic force to be reckoned with’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Dyer managed to wow the crowd… Loveable and delightful!’ (ThreeWeeks).