Review: Helen Bauer rocks it as Kate in Small Doses

avingagiraffe.com rating
3.5/5

Helen Bauer’s full on character Kate is an uncontainable stream of bubbling effervescence. She fills every moment of this all too brief pilot sitcom short with a manic persona.

The show written by Helen and Rose Heiney sees Kate returning from Germany under a cloud, having worked as a family au-pair for eight years or so. Returning to the family home in Fleet the ‘very boring, non-descript town’ she grew up in, flat broke with limited prospects. Kate has total lack of self-awareness, bursting into the lives of her family and friends like the proverbial bull in a china shop.

Conflicts with her divorced mother Julie (Julia Deakin), forcing her way back into the lives of old friends, like Emma James Khan (Olivia D’Lima) and Laura (Rosa Robson) paves the way for a series development. The arrival of Emma G (Rose Johnson) on the scene with an equally uncontainable personality may just be a clash of ids too far but we’ll have to wait for this series to be commissioned before we have the answer to that. And hopefully Small Doses will be commissioned. We need to see more of Helen’s Kate.

A lot more.

Small Doses is available on https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0btb9cp/small-doses

From Helen’s web site: 

Known for being a comedy powerhouse with an electric stage presence, Helen is one of the UK’s most exciting rising stand up stars.
After leaving college with an E in Economics and an allergy to the education system, Helen Bauer moved to London to share a bed with her cousin and work in Accessorize on Oxford Street. She lived in London until she was 23, making sketches, waitressing and drinking. She then moved to Berlin to do the same there, and discovered stand up. Helen honed her comedy skills performing in Germany. You can now find Helen’s creative writing, charming attitude on stage and special love of pop music all over Britain.
TV appearances include Live At The Apollo (BBC2), Stand Up For Live Comedy: BBC Presents (BBC 1 & 3), Edinburgh Nights (BBC 2), Period Dramas (BBC 3),  CelebAbility, The Stand Up Sketch ShowThe Emily Attack Show and Hey Tracey (ITV2), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), Pep TalkFat Chat and Comedy Central’s Digital Fringe (Comedy Central), CALM Gala and Hypothetical (Dave).
Radio appearances include Unexpected FluidsWheel Of Misfortune and Scarlett Moffat Wants To Believe (BBC Radio 1), Radio 4’s Comedy Club and Newsjack Unplugged (BBC Radio 4).
In August 2019, her debut show at the Edinburgh Festival beat out 700 other shows to be nominated for the Best Newcomer Award. In February 2020 she performed the show at the prestigious Soho Theatre in London.
Helen co-hosts the podcast Trusty Hogs with fellow comedian Catherine Bohart as well as co-hosting the hit podcast Daddy Look At Me (with Rosie Jones) – The Guardian’s Recommend podcast. 

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