Amy Lamé is clearly likeable; ‘Unhappy Birthday’ is not. As you enter the room you are greeted with a party hat and a party popper, and audience participation is evidently vital to the show. There is initially a nice atmosphere as Morrissey’s music fills the room; however the soundtrack quickly becomes the only decent part of the performance because what follows is a collaborative but pointless exercise in humiliation and moronic behaviour. From the moment Lamé shoves her face into a cake; to when she rubs on lipstick and chases an audience member around the room; to when she tries to suffocate everyone with hairspray: this is performance art at its worst. The show is structured around Morrissey tracks, but the point of it remains a mystery to me.
Assembly George Square, 2-26 Aug, 6.40pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [India Doyle]