REVIEW: KATIE BRENNAN’S QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS ( Underbelly, George Square) ★★★★★
2016 has been a great year for Katie Brennan. She launched her Quarter-Life Crisis show as a two-hour cabaret at the AlleyCat Bar in London’s Soho. So popular was it that extra dates were added and it was subsequently picked up by the St James’ Theatre for a resoundingly successful three-show run. Katie, together with her trusty co-writer and MD Joseph Atkins, now bring their show to the good people of Edinburgh for a run at the Fringe!
Quarter-Life Crisis is a musical comedy cabaret, talking and singing us through what it is like to be a twenty-something in modern day Britain. We hear Katie’s unique and hilarious take on her experiences of moving to London as a graduate full of ambition and hope and coming across ubiquitously topical issues such as the dire employment market, internet dating and growing up in the nineties.
This isn’t just a comedy show for Katie and that writing and performing Quarter-Life Crisis has been a sort of cathartic therapy; she is brutally honest about her own struggles with anxiety, relationships and employment. Katie has a unique ability to approach serious and what would usually be quite sobering topics with down-to-earth humour and a cheeky wink.
Some highlights for me are an original side-splitting song lamenting why she’s “not Carrie Bradshaw” and a nostalgic medley celebrating the best and the worst of 90s music.
By the end of the show you feel like you have gone on a journey with Katie and leaves your spirits uplifted. I would urge anyone over the age of 25 to see this show as it is bound to resonate. Book fast though as last night was a sell out and very well deserved too!
Katie Brennan’s Quarter-Life Crisis is playing at the Underbelly George Square (Wee Coo) until 29 August 2016 (not 15th).
Reviewed by Peter Forbes-DuGrenier