Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop
- Arusa Qureshi
- 12 August 2018
Outlandish and absurd worm-based narrative
Returning with a new show following her Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination last year, Lucy Pearman is quickly becoming the go-to comic for all things weird, wonderful and fruit 'n' veg related. Fruit Loop requires you to use your imagination, with hand puppets doubling as confused worms while audience members take on starring roles in Pearman's outlandish narrative.
She makes use of some absurd costumes and props plus her signature character-based style to tell the story of a worm that has misunderstood its entire existence. Avoiding the evil Early Bird while trying to learn how to fly, our little worm friend goes through an identity crisis which ultimately leads to an epiphany. Like 2017's Maid of Cabbage, Pearman's new hour puts the focus on design elements which are purposely silly and low-budget in order to unleash the chaos.
With Pearman taking on the role of a worm, a bird and various pieces of fruit among others, she accentuates her natural talent at character comedy, intertwining various elements of the plot to draw attention towards her charisma as a performer. One particular highlight is Pearman's grape character, for which she dons a giant lumpy green outfit and clip-on moustache, talking to the audience in an accent that you won't be able to place with any real conviction. The show moves along quickly but the fast-paced nature of the narrative connects the audience in a way that keeps the energy high and the confusion just at the right level.
Spending an hour in Pearman's world is a true delight and one that you'll be glad to have left the hubbub of the Fringe for. If you're after a one-woman comedy show about a little worm on a journey of self-discovery, Lucy Pearman's Fruit Loop is undoubtedly the place to be.
Monkey Barrel, until 27 Aug (not 14 & 15), 6.30pm, £6 in advance or donations at the venue.