Gethin Alderman Is: Sublime
- Murray Robertson
- 22 August 2019
Fruit facts and puns aplenty in this chaotic show
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.
Just the Tonic at The Charteris Centre, until 25 Aug, noon, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.