It’s the Fringe. Comedy madness everywhere. So when Felicity Ann appears as a flight attendant complete with a set of aeroplane seats announcing take-off you would expect nothing less than a laugh-out-loud bumpy ride through comic heights.
Unfortunately, the compass must have failed because the descent began before the flight barely took-off. The concept is good (although not new) and has plenty of scope to provide delicious irreverent humour with a planeload of characters heading (apparently) to Australia but it simply falls short on too many levels.
As the flight attendant, Ann is at her best blending the familiar phrases with a dash of firm insistence and emphasizing that everything on board this aircraft comes at a price – or more accurately a swipe of your credit card. But her language is casual, addressing the audience as ‘guys’, more patronizing than funny and she fumbles through more than a few lines for the duration of the show.
To her credit she has the know-it-all Aussie traveller down pat but the yoga instructor who insists on giving a complimentary lesson on ‘mindfulness’ to all the passengers is a bit forced and the business class celebrity who decides to give an interview for the benefit of the cattle class is over exaggerated. The little old lady who insists on giving her neighbour some space yet invariably fails to do so is perhaps one of Ann’s best and there is admittedly amidst the array of wigs, accents and general motley crew heading to the Antipodes on a very long drawn-out flight some moments of good humour. Just not enough.
The catchy music keeps the passengers entertained (to a point) but transitions are far too long and irrespective of whether it’s your closing performance, breaking out of character before you’re actually meant to and then going back – is a big boo boo. No matter what show.
It Takes All Sorts
Venue: Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) | Edinburgh UK
Date: 25 Aug 2014
Part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival