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Alice Brine: Brine Storm - review

May 13, 2016 Theatre

Rising comedian and one of this year’s Billy T nominees, Alice Brine is clearly a star in the making. With a stage persona reminiscent of Jaquie Brown in her sitcom days – equal parts bold and awkward – the Wellingtonian made it clear early on why her show at the Basement Theatre has been selling out all week.

A loose and disjointed opening 10 minutes acquaint us with Brine’s eccentricities as she discusses living with ADHD. It means the show is a little slow to get going, but the scattered giggles quickly turn into a consistent soundtrack of hilarious laughter.

Once the admin is done with, Brine exudes confidence and has a tight grip on her set. Her quick thinking turns sweat into a prominent part of the show, while the end of her act is anchored by the theme of blood. It is a strong conclusion, culminating in one of the most outrageous stories you’ll ever hear at a comedy show, delivered perfectly.

Brinestorm is utterly, unquestionably funny. Brine is a brilliant performer, quick on her feet and loaded with talent. Saving her best for the end made for a slow start, but if she has more stories like that in arsenal, Brine’s comedy journey is only just beginning.

Alice Brine: Brinestorm. May 10th-14th, the Basement Theatre. Book tickets


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