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Place and Chips – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Deviser: Alice Bunker-Whitney

Director: Montserrat Gili

Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin

This entertainment could easily be entitled The Place of Chips, dealing as it does with the unholy alliance of our bodies, food and our inner-self.

Alice Bunker-Whitney explores the perennial problem of whether food is sinful, how friendly we are with our bodies and how happy we are in ourselves. We are reminded how readily we reach for comfort food, such as pizza, cake, chocolate, crisps, when life gets tough.

The style of the show is a colourful mixture of stand-up, pantomime and cartoon world. An essential part is, the now familiar, cosying up to the audience ahead of the show. In panto style members of the audience flesh out the action generally creating a party mood rather than a theatrical experience.

We have a trip round the well-worn world of dieting with predictable dialogue. The more narrative styles of the battle with the bridesmaid’s dress and the dating dilemma making their points better and even providing a little pathos. These carry a sincerity bearing out Alice’s claim that her show, developed through workshopping, is semi-autographical.

The set is colourful and very fit for purpose, the multi-media is fun and the props just what is needed for this one-hour offering.

The Body Bingo interlude is delightfully silly but be careful how you fill in your card as winning can be embarrassing.

Alice has the same presence as a good stand-up and works well with her audience. They seem to return the favour with a weighty body of opinion tucking into her food for thought.

A fun night out, but don’t go on a full stomach.

Runs till 10th March 2018.

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