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Arts / Marjolein to end debut UK tour with Mareel gig

LOCAL comedian Marjolein Robertson has announced her first UK tour – with a Shetland date lined up for Mareel.

She will take her sold-out Edinburgh Fringe show Marj, which received a number of glowing reviews, to ten cities and towns over the coming months, including London and Glasgow.

Extra dates have been added to the schedule due to high demand.

Marjolein Robertson. Photo: Trudy Stade

Marj was one of the top reviewed comedy shows of the Edinburgh Fringe 2023, receiving numerous five and four star reviews.

In a five star review The List said Robertson was “scaling new heights as a creator as well as a performer”.

Marj was also shortlisted for the (ISH) Edinburgh Comedy Awards for best show and the Neurodivergent Divergent Review Awards for best ADHD show.

The show is said to be an “hour of surreal stand up entwined with one of Shetland’s most famous folktales”, the Selkie Story.

It is a tale about a selkie-woman who, without her skin, cannot return to the sea and has to take shelter with a fisherman.

Robertson interweaves this story with that of her own life, described as a “journey of abuse, realisation and recovery”.

It comes after Robertson came third in The List’s ‘Hot 100’, which provides a rundown of Scotland’s top cultural contributors.

She was also a finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2022.

Her Marj tour will visit Mareel in Lerwick on 17 May, with tickets available soon via the Shetland Arts box office.

“I’m so excited to come and perform my Edinburgh Fringe Show in Shetland,” Robertson said.

“It’s been years since I’ve done a full hour show back at home.

“I wrote Marj to help me process what I’d been through. But then, every day during the Fringe as the audience left, there would be folk coming up to me to share their own experiences and how the show was a comfort to them.

“That to me matters more than any of the accolades or reviews. I hope this show can continue to help folk.”

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