A host of he-men and myriad of macho types flex themselves
This article is from 2008.
Last Fringe, Adam Riches introduced us to Victor Legit, the musclebound bully who made a barely honest living as a surveillance officer for the Federation Against Copyright Theft. This year, Victor is joined by a host of other creations out of the Riches locker, all under the umbrella of Alpha Males. ‘The characters have all gone through crises of confidence about their masculinity,’ growls Riches. ‘One is an Australian bartender who is a sexual predator, another is a boy band singer who can’t get to grips with all the endless rejections he’s had since his teens. It’s all about a man’s struggle with himself and his machismo.’
While Riches has successfully made the leap from total theatre type to versatile comedy performer, he’s acknowledging his roots by bringing up a play entitled The Sword of Maximum Damage. Based on the bizarre true story of murder in the online gaming world, the play is inspired by Riches’ own sordid past. ‘Yes, I did play Dungeons and Dragons as a teenager, but I always got killed straight away because I was laughing so much as someone hit me over the head while yelling at me in Elvish.’ Must be a guy thing.
Alpha Males, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 2–25 Aug, 2.10pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews until 1 Aug, £5;
The Sword of Maximum Damage, Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 2–24 Aug (not 13), 8.40pm, £9–£10.50 (£8–£9.50). Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.