Alexander Fox: Ringo
- Louise Stoddart
- 17 August 2017
Plot cohesion is slapped aside in favour of loose-limbed jokes in a potential-fuelled debut
Alexander Fox kicks off his debut Fringe hour with a drum solo of Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight', wearing a monkey mask to credit the Cadbury advert that we all know and love. But the main inspiration for Fox's drumming career came from Liverpudlian legend, Ringo Starr, who acts as a pen-pal mentor for Fox's band, until the tragic day that the letters stop coming.
It's a decent plot, but more impressive is Fox's array of talents which naturally shine through: his impressions of Alan Rickman, James Bond, and a girlfriend who he portrays as Pingu are excellent; his drum skills receive roaring applause; and the distinction between each character he plays is admirable. We can't fault him as an all-rounder, but Ringo may have appeared less chaotic if Fox had channelled his efforts into creating a more coherent plot rather than just a stream of unorganised jokes.
Although he often seems unsettled on stage, Fox cleverly uses audience interaction to his advantage without alienating the crowd. Ultimately, the show is a promising hour from a charismatic comic with bags of potential.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug, 5pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£9).