Writer: Alexis Weironiey
Reviewer: Mark McCulloch
An American’s Guide to Being Like Totally Britishis the comedic real-life story of Alexis Weironiey’s journey towards British citizenship. The bubbly, charismatic host guides her audience on an hour long show full of witty tales, life experiences and comparisons between British and American culture.
Weironiey begins her tale with what annoys her most: being asked if she likes it here (which she does after nine years) and being asked if she is Canadian. She talks about the comical differences between both nations, with a refreshing voice.
Her tales of obtaining British citizenship are completely on point, from her comical evaluation of the Life in the UK citizenship book to the actual test itself. She subjects her audience to some sample questions from the test and to the (mainly British) audience’s surprise most are unable to answer them, which of course, she can.
From this point on Weironiey does go slightly off track, at times responding to the audience and their mixture of nationalities and exploring more anecdotes from her own life, especially her experiences of online dating. She does, however, bring it back on track and link it back to the central theme. A particular highlight is her ‘adult points’ section: points are given for responsible things, points deducted for those that are not.
With a little more polish which will no doubt come as the run continues, this will be a fine example of the best of the Free Fringe.
Runs until 24th Aug