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ED FRINGE REVIEW Rosie Jones, Backward

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Her jokes are beautifully crafted with no beat wasted and punchlines that take you by surprise.


Within the first few seconds of her brand new show, Rosie Jones has already won over the audience who don't stop laughing until around the 50-minute mark, when Rosie tells a story with such eloquence, passion and power that I and many other people in the audience were reduced to tears.


It's not difficult to see why audiences love Rosie so much, she's cheeky, charming and immediately feels like someone you'd happily welcome into your friendship group.


She is by her own admission a triple threat - disabled, gay and a prick and you get a real sense of all three this year through moving stories of how people see her, hilarious tales of her sexual encounters and the way she reacts when someone brings her the wrong drink.


Her jokes are beautifully crafted with no beat wasted and punchlines that take you by surprise and when they do, Rosie doesn't try to hide her delight, letting out a cheeky grin. When you're not smiling you're laughing and when you're not doing either your crying.


Rosie moves audiences in ways others struggle to and you'll be hard-pushed to find better ways to spend an hour than in her company. Her second show was everything I loved about the first show and more.


Rosie Jones: Backward runs until 25th August (not 12th) at 7pm at the Pleasance Courtyard (Baby Grand). Book tickets here.

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