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Sian Docksey | View Performers Biography


Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 2-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 at 13:15 (60 min)
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Siân’s mum is worried about her. So Siân has said she’s a successful stand-up comedian on a cruise ship. This is a show that attempts to maintain that lie.

You are all invited to an exclusive boat cruise hosted by comedy flotsam Siân Docksey. Join Siân for a fresh, surrealist spin on the woes of neoliberalism and Generation Y, as she crafts jokes specifically to be appreciated by baby boomers, has to fight off an unwanted guest stand-up section from Millennial Jesus, explains how she moved into a queer commune by accident, and attempts to marry herself to a banana.

Siân Docksey is an alternative stand-up comedian from Belgium, now living in London. She was listed as one of Funny Women’s Ones to Watch in 2017, and in The Telegraph’s Funniest One-Liners of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. She has written jokes for BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack, Channel 4 Shorts, and BBC Radio 1. She is usually seen alongside Zoë Tomalin in alt-sketch comedy double act Siân & Zoë (★★★★"A great piece of alternative comedy" - The Skinny) . Zoë will agree to be seen with Siân, sometimes.

Previous praise for Siân:
★★★★ "Fresh and thought-provoking" - Mumble Comedy
"Very funny" - The F Word
"Silly, nonsensical, political, feminist and weird" - One4Review

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News and Reviews for this Show

August 16, 2018  The Skinny
Energetic, playful and silly, Siân Docksey’s Interdependent Woman is a glittery maritime joy.

Siân Docksey has decided to record some of her very successful stand-up to show her Belgium mother who thinks her daughter is a very successful cruise ship stand-up host. When the camera is off, the audience is taken into the slightly less glamorous reality of Docksey’s life.

A constantly reassuring presence, Docksey’s onstage persona provides a bright and colourful spin to even the most grubby and dankest of subjects. Segments filled with dance, prolonged voiceover interaction and the interspersed cruise ship hosting struggle next to Docksey’s more direct material, confessional and endearing tales of modern 20-something life. Though London centric, you may be hard pushed to find other acts discussing communal sex parties.

Interdependent Woman strikes the right balance of stupidity and subversiveness that her expertly timed gabs demand. Relaying to the audience a life that seems out of control, her measured outbursts of frustration are always accompanied by outlandish jokes to soften the blow. She speaks to the larger issues of millennial life, poor wages, poor living conditions, and a lack of savings followed by a song sung as a lobster from the inside of a whales stomach. Never untactful or blunt, she remains a playful presence that creates a sense of joy and bewilderment in equal measure. Click Here

August 8, 2018  The Wee Review
Bright, breezy and whimsical whizz through politics, sexuality and lying to your mum.

If you’re after an early afternoon pick-me-up before a hard day’s Fringing, you could do a lot worse than Siân Docksey’s effervescent brand of high-energy whimsy. It’s a light, frothy and breezy take on family, sexuality and politics – complete with sea shanties.

Docksey begins by claiming she wanted to write a serious show. This isn’t an entirely believable claim from someone in orange water wings with matching nail varnish, and sure enough she’s told her Belgian mum that she’s gainfully employed as the top comedian on a cruise ship, rather than getting by on her wits and the kindness of punters at the Free Fringe. Soon she’s roping said punters into filming an unconvincing cruise video, complete with Subterranean Homesick Blues-style intertitles in competent French and incompetent Flemish.

Interdependent Woman is directed by Nicole Henriksen, and if you’re familiar with the day-glo, queer-friendly lunacy of the Aussie comic’s standup, then you’ll be happy to spend an hour in Docksey’s company, although there’s maybe a pinch more British reserve here. Even the tale of a Tottenham radical left sex party is told with a hint of bashfulness and given a less than triumphant ending, although the picture she paints of a super-nerd sex god named Colin would be flat-out hilarious in any culture.

Docksey is a warm, engaging performer with a real light touch with a crowd (and it helps that the audience are extremely happy to get involved). There is the attempt to deal with serious topics, “neoliberalism and gay stuff!” as she puts it, but there is always a moment of sheer silliness just around the corner; a dance to a self-penned song satirising Jordan Peterson while dressed as a lobster for instance.

It doesn’t all come together, and there isn’t the smoothest transition from the cruise ship material to the weightier topics, but there’s so many ideas being thrown from her hyperactive brain that there’s plenty to tickle those with any appreciation for the wackier side of surrealism. There is a sense of someone very cool going to some lengths to demonstrate otherwise, and it feels geared towards a more millennial demographic, but you’d have to have a calcified funny bone not to be amused by such gems as the theory of trickle-down economics explained using posh yoghurt. Interdependent Woman might not be the most substantial show you’ll see but it’s lots of fun. Click Here

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