Friday 31 August 2012 | By Dave Fargnoli
ED2012 Theatre Review: When Alice (Cooper) Met (Prince) Harry (Alice Mary Cooper)
Sometimes the Fringe can be an unrivalled platform for niche performers to showcase experimental work. Other times, it can feel like being locked in a room with a schizophrenic clown. Alice Mary Cooper’s show is both. When a seminar on post-modern theatre goes hideously awry, her alter ego Fifi ends up improvising. Using lecture notes and the contents of a handbag, she deconstructs comedy, clowning and theatre into a messy farce of anticlimax and extreme literalism. Cooper is a smart, committed performer, but this show is stilted. Relying on uncomfortable audience interactions, it soon dissolves into a sticky sludge of tea spitting, tampon eating and Nutella smearing. Ultimately, this is more puerile than charming, and less challenging than it thinks.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 2-26 Aug, 2.05pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]