Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut
- Brian Donaldson
- 26 August 2019
Enjoyable debut about various reactions to disability
Dubbing himself as 'the wobbly elephant in the room', Aaron Simmonds has produced a solid debut hour about his own cerebral palsy against the often wildly inappropriate reaction of others to disability. One patronising audience member who loudly 'cooo-ed' and 'aaah-ed' and clapped (like you would at a toddler for some low-level achievement) at various moments in the show actually proved some of his points about the attitudes he faces, when she probably thought her actions were being supportive. This scenario was not far from the time he was handed a round of applause for making it up an escalator, and the rave reviews he's been mock-demanding for being able to clamber up onto the chair from which he delivers his hour.
On the other side, he faced accusations of being a 'plastic cripple' for being booked to perform comedy in a venue that failed the accessibility test (this story takes a decidedly unpredictable twist near the end). While Simmonds' no-nonsense, straight-talkin' gran might actually have the best lines in the show, he does have fun material about spit roasts, a Valentine's Day trip to the cinema, and the awkward moment when he first met his future father-in-law. A sprightly debut from a man with plenty attitude and a keen sense of the right humorous stuff.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 1.30pm, £9 (£8).