I Love Lou C, Just the Tonic at The Mash House, Review

Submitted by Erin Roche on Wed, 16 Aug '17 3.20pm
Rating (out of 5)
Show info
Lou Conran
Running time

As filthy as she is fabulous, Lou Conran is a superlative storyteller who expertly walks the difficult tightrope that hangs between tragedy and comedy.

Not many performers could manage to create a show that starts and ends with a simple task of purchasing mascara in Boots and fill the bits in between with disappointing love affairs, funerals, the sex lives of one’s neighbors, grief, and earplugs--all while keeping the audience in fits.

Upon turning 40, Lou receives the results of a fertility test, and they aren’t as robust as she’d hoped. Following a tragic yet hilarious romp through her pondering sperm banks and experiencing utterly “cheeky” bedroom play with a shite lover, she winds up pregnant despite the medical results. There’s laughter in droves, yes, but there’s a brow-furrowing, smile-fading, gut-wrenching portion to this show that emerges when she speaks about losing the daughter that she so desperately wanted.

It takes a strong comic to write a show about losing their child, and it takes a strong woman to stand up and share it with us. As heavy as this show gets at points, the story flows with a rare and visceral genuineness. Painful moments coupled with knockout monologues and impressions punctuate her set, and you feel as if you’re no longer in a rather unassuming Fringe venue off Cowgate-- you’re having tea with that eccentric friend that has something poignant, uncomfortably real, maybe a bit dirty, and compelling to say.

Frank, fierce, and unafraid, Lou’s I Love Lou C is a masterclass in longform comedy, her hour feeling like an beautiful, cursive-typed expletive written on fine stationery. Go see this one.

*Lou is working to raise £50,000 for Saying Goodbye, a charity that provides support for those in the traumatising position of losing a child. www.sayinggoodbye.org

Aug 17-27