As Daisy Earl approached her 30th birthday she felt that there were parts of her life that needed some work. She made a list of the five key areas she wanted to change and her latest show, Fairy Elephant, is based on this initial list.
Earl is an endearing comedian with a plethora of accents at her disposal which she uses to great effect, imitating her mother (Scottish), her grandmother (posh English) and various people that have had an impact on her life, or the making of this show, including a Liverpudlian audience member and an inmate at an all-male Scottish prison.
These people have all had opinions of Earl and her journey to what she hoped would be a kind of self-actualisation process which would improve her life exponentially.
She has some good material as she charts a course through weight loss and the subsequent Slimming World meetings which had her reeling; sobriety, and the drunken escapades which lead her to realise this would be vital for her mental health, and the less than tactful approach that her mum has to understanding her daughter’s difficulties. It is this less than tactful approach which lead to the naming of her show.
Unlike many comedians dealing with mental health there is a positive outcome to Earl’s story and the audience are with her to the end to find out which of the five things she did achieve and what she learnt along the way. However, it does slip into more of an autobiographical tale than a comedic one.
Daisy Earl is an incredibly likeable comedian with an obvious talent for bringing a room along with her but she could do with a few more one-liners sprinkled amongst her storytelling to really propel this show to the masses.