Duff creates a character that is as heart-breaking as it is hilarious, searching for self-worth in the perfect cheesecake.
Duff creates a character that is as heart-breaking as it is hilarious, searching for self-worth in the perfect cheesecake. We’re by her side as she smashes a tower of biscuits to bits and attempts to melt a block of butter without an oven or microwave in sight. Sometimes it’s quite terrifying being in this tiny room with a madwoman, but this is one of the most necessary viewing experiences I’ve seen at this year’s Fringe. Every step of the way, you see the pain involved in not being able to talk about her anorexia and lack of self-esteem; by the end, your perspective will have completely changed.
Duff delivers a whirlwind performance that will only get better as she gains more experience - there are points when she seems to be finding her feet with audience interaction - but she is definitely not one to miss this Fringe. If you are a fan of Gaulier-trained clowning such as Red Bastard or Kraken, then Vanity Bites Back will be right up your street. And as with this style of show, the more you put in, the more you get out. My only piece of advice is: take the biscuit.