Gemma Arrowsmith: Defender of Earth
Using an ever increasing smorgasbord of prop-free character performances Arrowsmith attempts to convey everything that is worth (and not so worth) saving about the human race. Many of her scenes are well introduced and blend seamlessly into the basic narrative she’s created, although others appear a little randomly – leaving the audience, at times, slightly bemused.
A high point is an impersonation of the Soviet space dog, Laika, who is one of the most sympathetic personas Arrowsmith adopts. Channelling the magnitude of the historical moment through the naivety of a Moscovian stray is a near perfect idea.
The show definitely processes a certain charm. A reoccurring character is used to question and critically discuss beauty pageants, make-up advertising and the assumption that women can’t understand science – all without losing an inch of the humour.
If you like female comedians (there are still people who don't like watching women be funny after all), you like science fiction and you don’t mind getting the story getting a bit lost sometimes then let Arrowsmith tell you how an ordinary, average person might go about saving the world.