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“Anarchic Mash-up, Relentlessly Energetic, Impeccable Timing”

Wales at Edinburgh Fringe

Gethin Alderman Is: Sublime- Just the Tonic , Charteris Centre, Just the Crypt , August 30, 2019
Wales at Edinburgh Fringe by Gethin Alderman Is: Sublime- Just the Tonic From Three Weeks

“When the performer asks the audience in the preamble about what food allergies they have you might feel a bit uneasy. If so, you are in the right frame of mind for this unhinged, effervescent and entertaining show. Alderman plays a citrus fruit obsessive dealing with a relationship crisis, and employs crazed monologue, interpretive dance and touching song to tell his tale.

“Beneath the absurdity is a warm-hearted and mischievous performer – most evident in his interactions with the audience. It’s a show which requires the audience to participate playfully and wholeheartedly; if they do so they will be rewarded with a classic ‘only at the Fringe’ experience which will amuse as well as drastically expanding their knowledge of citrus fruit.”

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“As we file into the room, Gethin Alderman greets each and every one of us like a long-lost friend. The final audience member is then serenaded with a full rendition of 'Happy Birthday' involving the whole crowd. Before the show has even begun it's made patently clear that the divide between performer and audience is about to be frequently crossed.

“Wide-eyed, antsy and prone to nervous tics, Alderman presents an hour of puns based on citrus fruit. So comprehensive is his script that there can surely be no further wordplay in this area left unmined. He's also a font of citrus knowledge, expertly rattling out fruit facts in response to audience suggestions. These are presented po-faced which contrasts nicely with the rest of the show, and it's somewhat reassuring to see him occasionally dip out of character to reflect on the absurdity taking place.

“Frequently picking on audience members to enable his madcap antics, Alderman is an intimidating presence, skulking around the fringes of the room. His dedication to the mayhem helps keep the audience onboard and the wide-ranging aspect of his wordplay is genuinely impressive throughout an unpredictable and irreverent hour of controlled chaos.”

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Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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