Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything review: A portrait of flawed humanity teetering on self-destruction

Rosie Molloy gives up everything is the title of Sky Comedy’s funky new show, and it’s true – the eponymous Ms Molloy, played by Sheridan Smith, really has to give it all up. As a single woman best described as a functioning alcoholic and chronic drug addict, she comes uncertainly to a crossroads in her life. Their relationships are also a mess. She just drunk ruined her brother’s wedding and found out that her father (Ardal O’Hanlon, exfather ted, and at his most charming) dies of heart disease. Rosie has a hard time accepting the concept of the terminal. It’s time for Rosie to grow up and sober. Can she? Will she?

We want to find out because the Rosie character is sort of a tipsy everywoman; we all know what it’s like to drink a little too much, or know someone with such tendencies. In her own words: “All I do is party”. In Rosie’s case, the task of reform is daunting. She is surrounded by people who love her but may be too willing to give in to her, such as well-meaning roommate Nico (Oliver Wellington). In a moment of self-discovery, she places herself in the care of Mel (Stevie Martin), a laid-back yoga teacher she met (of course) in a bar. “Please, Mel, fix me. I need help,” she pleads. Mel offers the hope of salvation through gentle exercise and meditation, and Rosie makes a list of things she needs to ditch: “Speed, liquor, benzos, opiates, skunk, uppers, Z-drugs, Bailey’s Ice Cream…” It is weird in the darkest way.

In Smith’s spirited (no pun intended) performance, our Rosie is the kind of captivating entertainer from Mancun who will try anything once – and then get hooked. As she sips a bottle of wine right after stepping out of an infirmary after her brother’s wedding disaster, her dress held together by surgical tape and part of her IV still in her hand, she declares, “I’m fine, thanks.” We can believe it , that she thinks she’s actually good, but not that good.She’s at just the point in her life – 40, successful, newly promoted account manager – where she’s getting a little too old to be in public all the time losing your mind

There’s a lot of dramatic tension in the show as we see how closely she flirts with absolute disaster and mismatched guys – getting stoned at her own promotion party and having “accidental sex” in the bathroom with a co-worker, for example Example. It’s not in the HR manual. We can feel Rosie just about to hold it together without going over the edge, but it gives a sense of dizziness.

In fact, watch Rosie Molloy gives up everything is more like a night when things get a little out of control. The kind that makes you wonder how this is all going to end, or where—and then have another drink to find out. In Rosie’s case of spying on a portrait of flawed humanity teetering with self-destruction that we can all share, we want her to succeed. Well, at least until the last command, so to speak. Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything review: A portrait of flawed humanity teetering on self-destruction


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