Because You Demanded It
Bridget Christie: Mortal ★★★★★
Written by Sophia Charalambous in Broadway Baby on August 16th, 2016
Bridget Christie is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. Why it took her nearly a decade to be recognised for her astute observations and concise storytelling I will never know. One thing I do know, however, is that if there’s one show to see at this year’s Fringe, it is her latest triumph Mortal.
A comprehensive rundown of the Brexit referendum campaign under the guise of her gardening achievements, is one of those shows comedians can only hope to aspire to emulate. It attacks everything and anything that had some input into the failures of this referendum campaign, from David Cameron to Boris Johnson, the media and Daily Mail readers. You cannot accuse Bridget of being cowardly, that’s for sure. Even more impressively, Bridget owes a large part of her fan base to her material on feminism, but after this show I think she should seriously consider a change in specialism.
It would be tedious to discuss every brilliant joke from her hour show at The Stand, but to give a small insight into this energetic show, there is a not-to-be-missed sketch about paedophiles and another questioning Michael Gove’s mortality, which is a fantastic piece of observational wit.
Immigration is a large part of her set and with both her parents arriving in England as Irish immigrants, it is an issue close to her heart. She uses a soil and exotic plant analogy to explain how there’s room for all kinds of variety in England, picking up her potted Fuchsia from the stage which only reinforced her fantastically-crafted point. The clear message to take away from this show, other than I’d vote for Bridget as my MP, is that we must no longer bury our heads in the soil on issues that truly matter.