/ The Griffith Hotel

I'm Fine!

Local Adelaide funny-woman Lucy Gransbury wants you to know that she's fine – really, don't let the pink fluffy bathrobe and glass of wine fool you – and she's here to take us on a hilarious journey deep into the anxiety-riddled depths of her psyche.

Anxiety is surprisingly uncommon fodder for a stand-up show, especially considering how many people suffer from the condition ('one in twelve,' she says proudly, 'I'm very fashionable right now!') and Lucy tackles the subject with nuance through wonderful tongue-in-cheek anecdotes. The personal narrative holds the show together, and Lucy's vulnerability and willingness to make fun of herself is not only totally compelling but brings a genuine depth to her humour.

From plunging into the strange details of her childhood fixations, including her mildly stalker-y habit of drinking the names of crushes, to her relationship with her current psychologist who bears a striking resemblance to Rolf Harris, Lucy is unafraid to bear her soul for our entertainment. There's the odd musical number, including rewritten Spice Girls and The Sound of Music, which bring energy and flair to the show. Her rendition of Lucy Spraggan's 'Tea and Toast' is particularly effective, as she allows us a brief moment of more earnest reflection on hope and happiness.

The Balcony Room at The Griffith Hotel was packed out, and Lucy held the audience in the palm of her anxious, sweaty hand. It's easy to understand why. She is utterly delightful, with wide deer-in-a-headlight eyes and a wry smile that captivates even those of us all the way in the back row. She is a self-professed people pleaser and hopes that practically everyone loves her. Well, it's pretty hard not to! A wonderful and compelling performer, storyteller and comedian, Lucy Gransbury is well worth getting to before the Fringe winds down.

★★★★½

Lauren Butterworth

Lauren Butterworth

Lauren Butterworth is an Adelaide based writer with fiction and essays in Meanjin, Verity La, Wet Ink, Midnight Echo and others. She is co-host of Deviant Women, and co-director of The Hearth.

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