The narrative is straightforward if a tad tenuous. Miss Sidebottom gets a job as a maid in a manor house in the village of Middle Piddle, and is sent out into the fields to find the perfect cabbage. Make of that what you will. Along the way, we meet a lecherous puppet, a horse with PTSD, a mystic egg, and even get a glimpse of Miss Sidebottom’s bad side.
Pearman’s performance is very strong. Her timing and delivery as the maid ensure that the room is laughing for the whole hour. Her opening gambit with the soldier boy is particularly funny: it quickly wins over the room and offers an insight into the playful tone of the show.
Maid of Cabbage contains a fair amount of crowd interaction, and this keeps the audience engaged throughout and aides rather than hinders the overall pace of the show. Even when highlighting the inevitable technical faults and missed cues that pepper the early days of a long run, Pearman manages to make it funny.
The show is not your traditional set up punchline type stand up show. It is an engrossing form of storytelling that draws its biggest laughs from awkward audience participation and excellent deadpan delivery. It is akin to an amble through the countryside with a funny friend or even a mischievous skip through a wheat field.
However, unlike Theresa May, Pearman knows how to interact with humans, and while it might be very silly, the show captures the true spirit of what Edinburgh Fringe Festival is all about.