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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Woolly: The Morose Merino – The Warren Studio 3

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Used to great effect in The Full Monty; Leave your Hat on blasts out of the venues’ speakers. Alexander Cofield, AKA Woolly, seductively thrusts on to the stage and subjects the audience to a most unusual striptease. More a shearing than a strip, this revealing of the flesh is unlike anything encountered in the aforementioned British film classic. Woolly: The Morose Merino, has just started with a bang!

Woolly, who is mostly sheep, begins his story in the motherland of the ewe, Yorkshire. It is here, we learn, his love is spurned, which pushes him to take the opportunity of sheep shearing work in small town South Australia; a place home to the country’s second worst nightclub.

Cofield is a very funny physical performer, overstating his size to raise laughter in the room; which he does throughout the show. There is a camp vulnerability about his performance, engendering him warmly to the assembled crowd. He integrates the audience well into the piece and revels in the awfulness of some of the sheep based puns. The Bleat poetry is particularly funny and reminds of Mike Myers character in his early film, So I Married an Axe Murder.

Surreal, funny and oddly touching, Woolly leaves the audience feeling uplifted but not exactly sure as to why.

Runs May 30 & 31 2017 at The Warren Studio 3

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