Reviewer: Matt Farnham
Upon entry the audience is greeted with an abrasive American with big blonde hair and rubber breasts handing out ping pong balls, this is not your dream. It belongs to Beth Vyse. In this surreal dream, Vyse has everything she wants and the world is at her feet but when the dream ends the show doesn’t get any more real.
In this emotional and heart-wrenching retelling of her own battle against cancer, Vyse engages the audience in a story world that reflects her Royal Shakespeare Company past. Vyse brings audience participation to a new level with her entertaining and original ideas as she uses the previously mentioned ping pongs balls in ways never thought of, at least on a stage at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Vyse’s story starts before her battle with tales of celebrity, raunchy nights out and of course a bus ride with Michael Jackson. Vyse glides between comedic brilliance, energetic storytelling and dramatic silence with such grace that the audience is enveloped in the story. The story flows as Vyse plays through each of the characters in the story switching between characters with the slightest change in accents.
Beth Vyse: As Funny as Cancer is a story told in an innovative, brash and blunt way that throws back to her working class roots. Vyse stares cancer in the face and gives it the one fingered salute in this wonderfully weird show.
Runs until 28 August 2016 | Image: Contributed