Alice Snedden @ Pleasance Courtyard
A fun show from debutant Alice Snedden
Alice Snedden is no stranger to the stage, despite this being her debut Fringe hour. As a frequent performer in her school talent shows, she states puppet-making, flower stick twirling (think a diablo but with a stick) and a penchant for Michael Jackson as key skills. And she can also add writing observational comedy for a primarily millennial audience.
There’s some fun observations from terrible Uber ratings to walking in on your parents, and an interesting description of photos from her own birth. However, Snedden is at her best when sharing her mother’s politically-inspired activities. It's an interest she shares herself, and mentions of current New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and the close-knit nature of New Zealand really sparkle – it’d be great to see a show which focuses more on this passion.
There are lurches from topic to topic though, making the hour seem uneven and incomplete with no connecting storyline to see the hour through. Snedden's first hour at the Fringe is a fairly straightforward one, and she's a perfectly competent stand-up, but there’s not much to distinguish her from her peers apart from those moments she lets her personality barge through – and her flower-stick prowess.
Alice Snedden: Self-Titled, Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker One), 1-26 Aug (not 14), 9.45pm, £6.50-9
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