Comedy review: Louise Reay: Que Sera

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In case you are worrying about the whole Chinese thing (yes, she does speak it throughout) this show is, at its heart, The Boy With Tape on His Face reimagined and all the non-verbal fun that that implies.

Star rating: ***

Venue: Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88)

This year’s show has a rather lovely narrative. It is Reay’s tenth anniversary the day I see it and the show celebrates – with the help of a very dodgy Zoltar fortune telling machine, a few choruses of Old MacDonald Had A Farm (Chinese version) and a lot of audience participation – how she met her husband. It is a lovely, light-handed way to tell a love story. We even get a chance to win the Chinese Lottery. I didn’t.

Reay is a delightful, almost childlike performer and the chaps she picks from the audience go willingly to their onstage roles. Alexei is a beautiful baby, but a difficult feeder, and a particular highlight is Perry (with whom she is sharing a romantic pizza) who leaps into action when she chokes but, instead of patting her on the back as she indicates, enthusiastically performs the Heimlich manoeuvre. A man becomes a seal, we all become ducks and everyone is very, very happy.

Until 28 August. Today 3:20pm.

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