Kate Lucas is Selling Herself
Just the Tonic at the Tron
18:20 (ends 25th)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)
The place where Kate Lucas was performing was nice – it was cosy, more relaxed and intimate. Whilst I try not to take into account performance spaces – especially during the Fringe – this one really suited her show. Her performance contained original, funny songs interspersed with anecdotes about her experience of ‘selling herself’ online, mostly in her personal life. Like many comedy routines there was an underlying message. This time it was about what the internet has done to us as a society and how reliable we are on it, but it is relevant none the less. It was a lesson in self-worth and confidence and would make a very good ‘how-to’ guide for those who aren’t completely sure of themselves.
Kate Lucas came off as very friendly, bubbly and overall charming; she got the audience eating out of the palm of her hand very quickly and easily. As this was a show full of audience participation, this is of course key. Whilst I’m not a huge fan of interactive shows and purposefully sit as far away as possible, even I found myself singing along to one of her songs when she asked.
The one part that I didn’t quite understand is when she started bidding off parts of her body. Whilst this fits with the overall theme of ‘selling herself’, considering that most of the routine was about the internet and social media, it just seemed a little out of place. Although it did restore my faith in humanity that nobody was willing to bid on Kate’s privacy and that it was almost like an unspoken rule that violating someone’s privacy is a line that any decent person won’t cross.
Honestly, this show was far from what I expected considering the way it was described and the title itself, but it was a lot of fun. Kate Lucas took an aspect of everyday life and managed to make you think about your own experiences and you became more aware of how you present yourself on social media. This was a new spin on a very well discussed and important topic, and frankly, you can never hear about how Mark Zuckerberg is an awful human being one too many times.
Katerina Partolina Schwartz (Twitter: @katpschwartz)