Creating a narrative out of a stream of tried and tested comedy anecdotes and turning them into an hour show is far more challenging than it is often given credit for. 2014 Funny Women Awards winner Jayde Adams has form when it comes to the Edinburgh Fringe but her experience has been as a host of her own quirky comedy cabaret rather than as the subject of her own show.
Gone are the Jacuzzi and Hawaiian themed cocktail bar craziness and instead we find Jayde, aged 31, stripped down (metaphorically not literally) to the bare comedy essentials save for a few costumes from her dancing days and a backing track to show off her not inconsiderable vocal skill – part pop star, part operatic diva.
This show is immensely personal exploring her relationship with her older sister and the impact that her premature death from a brain tumour had on her whole family. The inevitable gallows humour provides relief from the still painful memory of Jenna’s illness but does not dominate he show. The family has moved on although the rawness is still there which is unsurprising as it was her sister’s bedside that became a stage for Jayde who honed her comedic persona whilst boosting her family’s morale.
Adele has not had this level of misery to sing songs about and is fair game when it comes to impersonations. Indeed she even famously impersonated herself being an impersonator. Ironically Jayde ruled herself out of the game on this one and the tale is beautifully told as part of the show. I’m not going to spoil it for you.
Jayde has not met Adele yet and has channeled her pain and talent into a performance art that does not always get the plaudits and recognition that it deserves. Creating a comedy show that includes the ghost of her older, slimmer and more talented sister (her words, not mine) is a hard ball and chain to carry so this show is a worthy exorcism for Jayde. Now, I would like to see Adele write a song about that!
Jayde Adams: 31 is at the Voodoo Rooms until 28th August. For more information and tickets click here!