Eleanor Morton Has Peaked – Monkey Barrel

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Scottish comic Eleanor Morton returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after finding a larger audience and internet success during the pandemic. The Edinburgh native has over 150 thousand followers and 2.6 million likes on TikTok, best known for her grumpy tour guide “Craig” skits. During the pandemic, she climbed the Schiehallion Munro mountain, almost the name of the show but vetoed for being “too Scottish”, and she is ready to take the audience on a metaphorical journey to the peak of the mountain.

Despite entering the latter days of the Fringe, Morton’s performance still maintains energy and enthusiasm with the comic buoyed by the audience’s positive response. Morton has plenty of anecdotes, from her siblings’ choice of employment, her bird-related talents and recreating Cats the Musical live on Instagram in her childhood bedroom to mental health and therapy. It is clear that the comic has twelve years of experience, particularly in her genuine audience interactions and working of the crowd – often seeming more like conversations than planned questions.

A standout routine for the show are Morton’s skits related to her favourite pandemic hobby of watching Come Dine with Me and Don’t Tell the Bride, which showcases her ability to visualise imagery for the audience through her characterisation and descriptions.

The show, loosely themed around climbing a mountain, is more of a disjointed stream of consciousness that strays from the metaphor along the way and ends in a rushed but relevant conclusion. However, it does offer a glimpse into Morton’s life and way of thinking, and she maintains relatability throughout.

Eleanor Morton Has Peaked runs at Monkey Barrel Carnivore until August 28th.

Tickets for which may be obtained here.

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