Myra DuBois - Be Well

“.....we're the lucky ones to spend time with this comedy genius!

Prior to her Be Well Tour, Myra DuBois flew down from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to grace the West End with an appearance. Having given up show business to focus on her healing ministry, Myra looked out at her sick audience with a promise to make us well. Pointing to the few empty seats in the house she declares: “they are the lucky ones, they don't need my attention they are already healed!” But on this occasion Myra is wrong; we're the lucky ones to spend the time with this comedy genius!

Accompanying Myra and Rose was Myra's warm up act Frank Lavender.  Both Myra and Frank are creations of the very talented Gareth Joyner.  We hadn’t seen Myra do a full set prior to this, neither had we caught her on Britain's Got Talent, but had seen her brief appearances at the Pantomime Awards, where, in our opinion she stole the show. As with the Panto Awards, it was soon evident that she could command the attention of the whole room. More than that, a whole auditorium.  Myra's tight and witty script along with lightning-fast ad-libs is a great combination, although one of the people who might have benefitted from Myra's healing hand would have been the sound engineer. Too often Myra’s best lines were lost to the audience because a lack of pushing up the fader! And we were only on the third row. Still, it didn’t spoil the night.  Ms DuBois has the power (and the voice) to overcome any technical issues. Myra is accompanied by her sister Rose. The duo work brilliantly well together to the point that you are left wanting more of Rose but I’m sure Myra would never allow that.

For those who don't know Myra she is Rotherham's very own Dame Edna Everage and we can see Myra talking herself into her own Damehood in the near future. 

As the warm-up act, Gareth introduces us to northern comedian Frank, the self-branded only straight man left in showbiz. I loved what Gareth Joyner is doing with Frank, who, try as he might, can’t get to grips with being politically correct. He’s even ‘been on a course’! Frank just cannot help himself taking a swipe at Myra's gay fan club and everything else that modern Britain stands for.  If anything, Frank helps Rose shine (which is a delight) and it will be interesting to see how this combination develops.  Again, sadly for Frank, the sound system did not help and neither did his Yorkshire Accent (I can say this as a Derbyshire lad) which was often lost on the London crowd. Others in my party were not so convinced by Frank, and longed for the main act to begin but as we know everything comes to those who wait – and Ms DuBois is definitely worth waiting for.

Myra DuBois Be Well Tour was reviewed at The Peacock Theatre, London on Friday 15th September 2023.   

Full tour dates can be found here: BE WELL: UK Tour – Myra DuBois

Review written by Paul Wood

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