Alyssa Kyria: A Spark In The Dark
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
One comedienne performs six deluded characters searching for their spark
Alyssa suffers from standing on the same stage in the same
venue that last year hosted Laura Solon's brilliant Perrier -winning
Laura Solon's show was a masterclass in how to write and perform
a series of character monologues. Alyssa's characters are far
less subtly drawn and performed.
So we have a loud audience member with a mobile phone, a female
clearly copied from Ali G doing an X-Factor audition, a self-loathing
woman calling to employ a hit man kill her
It all tends towards caricature rather than characterisation
and I suspect Alyssa is more performer than writer.
However - and it is a big however in the final character
of a pregnant hillbilly singer in an extravagant wig performing
a rousing knees-up of a song, Alyssa absolutely bloomed. She
suddenly became a potential star. My jaw dropped.
My guess and I could be wrong is that Alyssa is
trying to create and perform a subtle 9pm BBC Two comedy show
which would get well-reviewed in the broadsheets and much smarmed
about in the Groucho Club, but get low ratings. But she actually
has the potential to be a Saturday evening peaktime performer
in the Ant & Dec area - with giant ratings.
My advice: forget Oxbridge reviewers. Come back next year
with a Daily Mirror wham-bam populist show. To hell with subtlety.
Go OTT and become a star.