Alice Fraser: The Resistance
- Brian Donaldson
- 18 August 2016
This article is from 2016
A warm and fuzzy feeling follows you out of another show from this Australian
This Jewish-Catholic Australian who was raised as a Buddhist, has crafted another delightful show (with songs, of course) about a household featuring several lodgers who have one major thing in common. Having a twist lying in wait for us at the end of her hour would make Alice Fraser's latest Fringe affair enjoyable enough, but there are plenty other pleasures to be had as The Resistance goes on its thoughtful, fascinating way.
A veritable United Nations of shared living, the home in question contains a Chilean with less fingers than is usual for a pair of hands, an old-school Hungarian 'peasant' who is right into her potatoes, and an Indian woman who lives up to her deemed status as a witch by concocting potions that ward off bullies. Fraser's stage backdrop acts as a map of her story, pinpointing whose tale is about to come next as well as containing individual words and phrases which spin off into another lively anecdote.
Although the show does contain some bleaker considerations all the way up to its final reveal (is it possible that bad people can actually do good deeds sometimes? When will society deal with the stark nature of inequality?), warm and cosy are the essential feelings that emanate from Fraser's work. One thing is certain: you might never think about possum skeletons in the same way again.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug, 8.15pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9).