Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop


Was I confused? Yes. Was I amused? Yes.

Lucy Pearman’s, Fruit Loop, combines all things weird and wonderful to produce a set of playful surrealism. Disrupting the current Comedy scene, Pearman weaves together unexpected characters, next-level audience participation, and the genuine storyline of a sincerely hopeful worm to produce a rather amusing show.

Captivating the audience from the get go, Fruit Loop opens with the protagonist sharing their deepest desire to be able to metamorphose and fly. I’m sure the audience would’ve felt far more heart-stricken had one poor audience member not been made to stand centre-stage whilst attempting to puppeteer a worm. Guiding the audience through the narrative, the worm introduces many bizarre characters painting an insight into Pearman’s innovative mind. From the Hispanic, moustache-wearing bunch of grapes named ‘Lots of Grapes’, to the deaf potato in search of their jacket, Pearman has truly freed her mind into the writing of Fruit Loop.

Each character is performed so naturally that the set could’ve been improvised, however the memorable-nature of each role highlights the time that must’ve gone into writing. Namely, ‘The Big Apple’, an all-singing-all-dancing Broadway apple, was cleverly able to remain somewhat contextual to the totally unpredictable storyline. Furthermore, the heavy involvement of the audience in the storyline couldn’t work without the guarantee of strong written material.

The strongest material remained consistent with the narrative however some of the set did stray out of context. Whilst it feels incredibly ironic to question a surrealist comedy set for lacking logic, the gags which relied solely on surrealism slightly missed the mark. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed watching a potato getting combed by an awkward audience member, but I didn’t find myself laughing as much as I did at the crass ‘Early Bird’ trying to get the worm.

Half of me is urged not to say these three words, but the show must’ve gained inspiration from The Mighty Boosh (QI klaxon rings) given the stylistic similarities. If you are a fan at all of surrealist comedy, Noel Fielding, audience participation, or just fancy taking an hour out of your day to smile, then you will adore the exuberant insanity that is Fruit Loop.

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