Wondering what to see at the Fringe?
How about A Poke In The Eye? Georgie Morrell is the one-eyed wonder behind this comedy show, which tells the story about how the comedienne became partially sighted (as well as the fantasies, binge-drinking and dreams of a new eye that shot lasers…)
Georgie was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at aged three, which led to her developing uveitis and secondary glaucoma.
“By four I’d developed it in both eyes, and it’s spent the last 26 years having a right old time at my eyes’ expense!” says Georgie. “I was blind in my left eye by mid teens due to damage to the optic nerve and the right is under a strict regime of drops and effective surgeries. However I did lose sight in that eye for a year when I was 21 and regained some sight back after a rather tricky year. That’s what the show is about in fact!”
Well Edinburgh it has been a pleasure!! Sorry I can't stay longer!! Love to all the brilliant shows I saw! pic.twitter.com/dyQbKSX5MP
— Georgie Morrell (@georgieporgee) August 15, 2015
Not everyone assumes that losing sight in one eye is a laughing matter, but Georgie has managed to make it so. Entertaining stories of fancying her eye doctor and living a ‘one-eyed life’ her own unique way will entertain all audiences, whether they have experience of developing disability or not.
“I was chatting to my pal about how I was partially sighted and have experienced sight loss,” says Georgie. “He said that would make an excellent show and found the story fascinating. It never occurred to me how interesting it potentially could be and also how funny. It was as simple as that. To me it’s a normal part of my everyday life but was reminded by said friend that sight loss is a deeply fascinating subject for those with little knowledge or experience of it. I starting working and it have been the beginning of what I hope is a long comedy and writing career.”
And why is the show ‘one to watch’?
“It’s a comedy about blindness. Yes it is possible to do! I have a very individual take on my story and want people to be more at ease with disability and sight loss,” says Georgie.
“Someone with a disability is not to be pitied, but their story is certainly worth hearing about to get people more educated on our bodies and what can happen. Anyone can become disabled and we need to break the stigma often attached to it. Comedy is a wonderful way to do this. It just might make you think differently about the world of sight loss and being blind. Or it will just be a ruddy good giggle at my expense!”
A Poke In The Eye is on at Just The Tonic at the Caves.
Buy tickets here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/poke-in-the-eye
Follow Georgie’s writing here: http://thenewestablishment.co.uk
Follow Georgie on Twitter: @pokeintheeye69