Unhappy Birthday (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Unhappy Birthday

It’s her party and she’ll cry if she wants to

‘It’s a party-slash-show-slash party!’ Such is Amy Lamé’s breathless refrain, which she repeats manically, with the excitement of an eight-year-old hopped up on Party Ring e-numbers. In fact, Unhappy Birthday is less a show than a mad Dadaist happening, and from the moment the audience sidle, bedecked in party hats (it’s not optional, Amy will get upset), into her birthday venue, we are just as much a part of the show as the birthday girl herself.

A game of pass-the-parcel connects wild anti-art participation games, each with a Smiths/Morrissey theme tune which allows Lamé to delve into the psyche of unhinged fangirl, exploring the love/hate relationship obsessives have with their idols. ‘Thirty Things I Blame Morrissey For’ (‘existential human angst’, ‘my lesbianism’) is a pithy highlight. If you’re not a fan, you’ll be intrigued by Lamé’s near mental breakdown, and if you are the abundance of anecdotes, music and insider references will keep you delighted. Wonderfully smart and deeply disturbing, in the best possible way.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 20), 6.40pm, £10--12 (£9--~£11).

Unhappy Birthday

  • 4 stars

You’re invited to Amy’s birthday party; so is Morrissey. Will he turn up? Immerse yourself in cake and quiffs, beer and balloons, party poppers and pass the parcel against a soundtrack of nostalgic teenage obsession. Director: Scottee. Ages 18+. Amy Lamé.

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