Alexander Fox: Snare
- Deborah Chu
- 6 August 2019
This article is from 2019
An hour of storytelling and drumming with a few jokes thrown in
While studying at music college, Alexander Fox began an affair with his married drumming instructor, Mrs Richardson. It ended quite badly, but at least he remains an excellent drummer to this day, opening the set with an electric performance set to 'Who Are You' by the Who. The reason we are gathered here today is to record an album dedicated to Mrs Richardson, due to the formative influence their time together has had upon his life.
Despite this juicy premise, the show unfortunately never quite makes it off the ground. Fox leaps between stand-up and a more theatrical mode throughout, responding to pre-recorded speech from one of the figures in his tale. These alternating styles awkwardly break up the hour, though, and the set is never able to gather sufficient steam.
It's never quite clear, either, whether Mrs Richardson is real (though Fox insists she is). His depiction of her is so thickly overlaid with references to Mrs Robinson from The Graduate, that without a sense of who she is as a real person, the show is consequently robbed of real emotional heft. Fox is clearly most comfortable when he's behind the drum kit. There he can channel his nervous, frantic energy into some truly excellent beats.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 6pm, £8.50–£10 (£7.50–£9).