Reviewer: Tracey Lowe
The Public Reviews Rating:
Fewer words strike fear into Fringe comedy regulars than Doctor Brown. Renowned for his extremely physical performances, with a lot of close audience interaction, his shows are not for shy, passive audience members. And this is not the standard comedian question of what your occupation is; there is every chance you may end up with a semi-naked man in your lap.
A trained clown, Doctor Brown remains completely silent throughout his piece. He begins his act as soon as the audience are walking in, peeping from behind a curtain and grabbing various articles from his spectators. By around ten minutes into the performance, he has won the audience round and they are completely on board, but also absolutely terrified that this bearded terror will try and include them in the action.
Brown takes us through several scenarios, such as a bull who impregnates a female and leaves her with a son, a lovely bicycle ride where the audience are encouraged to provide the sound effects, and a very strange church service. Towards the end it becomes very clear how clever the show is, and everything slots into place. While it may seem that the last hour was a slightly intimidating man just being daft, there is a very solid structure to Brown’s show.
Brown very much comes under the banner of alternative, physical comedy. If the thought of being part of the performance does not appeal, you should probably give this one a miss. If, however, you want to experience something exciting, and ultimately quite beautiful, it is definitely worth taking a chance on Doctor Brown.
Runs until 26th AugustEdinburgh Fringe: Doctor Brown - Befrdfgth - Underbelly Cowgate,