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Audience tweets for the one woman show (Edinburgh & London Fringe) 

Saw the show – so funny! Would definately encourage people to fit it in whilst at the fringe :-)

Just been to see @genswallow at the fringe Edinburgh. Would really recommend, very funny. Def someone to be watching out for in the future

@genswallow

loved the show yesterday. Great voices and life observations

Just saw @genswallow comedy show at the Free Fringe. You are awesome! So funny! Go G, highly recommend!
Came to see your show today. Wonderful, clever and very funny. Thanks for the biscuits, will call you about moving in soon.
Also saw @genswallow this afternoon in #GenevieveSwallowIsSharing, which was beautifully observed series of character portraits
(On The Fringe Review by Adam Hutchings) It’s Nine O’clock in the Etcetera Theatre, and a jolly crowd is awaiting Genevieve Swallow’s one-woman show. She comes out and becomes an interviewee, talking timidly to a ghostly, pre-recorded landlady. It’s clever and observant – selling ourselves by any means possible is a part of life, is it not? She then introduces the show. It’s all about house-sharing, a subject with which she has a wealth of experience. So if Genevieve is such a house-sharing expert, perhaps the best way to judge her is as a potential housemate?

Well she’s not that tidy but doesn’t have too much stuff – a couple of chairs and a table furnish the stage, random things here and there, a plate of cold sausages and beans. She changes clothes fairly frequently and jumps into strange characters: the sexually adventurous old landlady; the cool East London student; the over-excited girl who’s finally moving in with the boyfriend (and his friend); the one who only likes living on hills; and the stressed out, good-natured housemate who just wishes everyone would pitch in, do their bit and not steal her Pepperami.

These characters show great variety and Genevieve truly becomes them. When living with Genevieve you may find yourself conversing with a member of a cult or someone who’s collecting stool samples for science experiments, but they’ll keep you entertained for as long as they’re around. In between the little sketches, Genevieve ties the show together with her easy, personable stage-presence. She is not too serious, never phased, even re-thinking her act as she chats to the audience. And she’s even a generous soul, giving a bag of presents to one audience member who’s house-sharing compatibility was tested. Presents are a clear winner in my book for any potential housemate.

Genevieve does seem quite the expert in this particular field and provides a show which is enjoyable in it’s very ability to relate to almost everyone. A penis drawn on the cleaning rota?? It’s like she’s being spying on our house! The tribulations of house-sharing are nothing if not universal, but when considered through a particular lens, they’re also extremely funny. By the end of the show Genevieve is reflecting on moving on to the other side of the rent exchange procedure, for she has now become the dreaded Landlady, and is in need of tenants. So why am I being so nice in this review? Well, because I’m looking for a place to live, of course, and Genevieve, despite having mild OCD, is a landlady who finds it hard to demand rent – perfect! 

- MARION ALLEN’S NUMBER ONE HOBBY (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh)

“Understated and beautifully woven monologue from rising young literary talent Bea Roberts following the chance in a lifetime win of a year’s supply of Crunchie bars for housewife Marion Allen. With masterful and subtle direction from Emma Taylor, Genevieve Swallow is simply outstanding as the unknowingly hilarious and charming Mrs. Allen.” (Scotsgay)
Housewife Marion’s hobby of the title is entering competitions. As Bea Roberts’ beautiful – and, at just 35 minutes, beautifully short – monologue opens, Marion proudly lists the many prizes she’s won; amongst them, a holiday in Torbay and a year’s supply of Crunchie bars.But careful what you wish for: you can soon lose a taste for chocolate and a year’s supply takes up a lot of space in a box room. As the piece develops and we learn more about Marion and her good-humoured husband of 24 years, Dave, the maxim that “you win some, you lose some” strikes home with force.Genevieve Swallow is simply wonderful as Marion. I don’t mind admitting that I shed a tear in the final scene when she meets the teenage girl imprisoned for the drunk driving that killed Dave. You leave inspired by Marion’s resilience and immense capacity for forgiveness – in the form of a Crunchie bar. (WhatsOnStage)
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- DULCAS’ WOMEN (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival)

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“Swallow showcases her skills, transforming herself into a range of womenaged 15 to 60, playing roles as diverse as an East End fishwife, a dippy hippy chick and an Edinburgh stand-up. These characters go beyond the stereotypes but even so, they elicit sniggers of recognition from the audience. Some sketches have a real poignancy, especially the tale of the Texan on death row, medicated to a state of catatonia. (Scotsman)
The joke is so well constructed and delivered and so wickedly funny that the realisation of my denseness only made it more entertaining.  Genevieve Swallow gives an absorbing performance as a selection of Dulcas’s documentary subjects; she slips easily between pathos and humour and at one point strangles a throaty chuckle dead with a monologue that is heart-stoppingly shocking.” (Three Weeks)

 

- DOMESTIC GODDI (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival)

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- NEWSREVUE (Canal Cafe Theatre London)

“The performers…were as slick as a brass ensemble minus the tuning up. By far the most impressive aspect is their tireless music hall delivery combined with sharp, witty and constantly admirable lyrics and routines.” (The Stage)

 

- THE LITTLE YEARS (Orange Tree Theatre Richmond)

“Genevieve Swallow as Kate’s sister in law adds emotional variety…essential viewing for talent spotters.” (The Stage)
“Excellent support from Genevieve Swallow.” (The Morning Star)

 

 - I AM STAR TREK (Hackney Empire London)

“A physical dexterity and a fine line in rubber faced mimicry…” (Time Out)