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Tuesday, 18 June, 2002, 09:46 GMT 10:46 UK
Julie Burchill Is Away: Press views
Jackie Clune with writer Jonathon Lloyd
Julie Burchill comes to life on stage courtesy of Jackie Clune
Press reviews of Julie Burchill Is Away.


The Guardian

Burchill is marvellously embodied by Clune, who has the gift for saying something needling, rude and provocative and checking us out to see if it gets a reaction. Pottering about the spartan but kitsch living room, Clune also creates an impression any hack will recognise: of ever delaying the moment when one has to write.


The Independent

Clune does a good job of reproducing Burchill's accent (disingenuous rustic child), but seems to be concentrating more on that than on forcefully projecting a character or establishing a rapport with the audience. In Jonathan Lloyd's limp production, Clune spends a lot of time clutching a pillow to her stomach or looking winsomely, Diana-style, at the floor.


The Daily Telegraph

Despite the indulgent laughter of a first night crowd that included arch-journo Toby Young, assorted Guardian cronies, Barbara Windsor but not Burchill herself, Julie Burchill is Away proved a surprisingly restrained, enjoyable, rarely offensive but never innocuous hour of entertainment.


The Times

With no sparring partners, Fountain's script is a lopsided diatribe. A Burchill column made unholy flesh, except this one is 90 minutes on the very long side. There is some morbid fascination in seeing how much enjoyment Clune gets from parodying Burchill, but I can't help feeling the writer is more "attractive" in small, neat packages of print.


London Evening Standard

Whatever the sources for Julie Burchill is Away, this 70-minute show is a witty, jolting experience in Jonathan Lloyd's buoyant production. It offers a fascinating tour of the life and opinions of a columnist who challenges conventional views with unmatched savagery and humorous sneers.

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