Theatre review: The Alice Effect
Theatre review: The Alice Effect

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Alice Effect, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★ The idea of combining Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest doesn’t sound good on paper, let alone in practice. But that hasn’t stopped this zygote theatre company from committing to it pointlessly. Diagnosed as delusional, …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Alice Effect, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw

The idea of combining Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest doesn’t sound good on paper, let alone in practice. But that hasn’t stopped this zygote theatre company from committing to it pointlessly.

Diagnosed as delusional, Alice is committed to a mental institution. There she meets a Mad Hatter with a sexual inferiority complex, a White Rabbit driven insane through electroshock therapy, and a Queen of Hearts who conducts group therapy meetings in the monstrous manner of Nurse Ratched.

Peppered with expletives trying to pass for edgy humour, it’s tiresomely immature.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Until 15 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 10 August 2015

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