Risky piece carried by its humour

2010-09-20 00:00

Review: Normality

IT’S a risk to put an uncomfortable subject like the interaction between a disabled person and the world around him on a stage.

Audiences tend to shy away.

Here, Pedro Kruger is Alex, a man crippled by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and he tells, with humour and anger, of his life.

For me the discomfort of the subject was exacerbated by the opening scene of the devil spinning the wheel of fortune at Alex’s birth; it sure gets things off on the wrong foot.

But once past that — the question of fate, or God, or fault — there are some fine moments: Alex in a rave club; Alex buying a Speedo to go to the beach with his girlfriend; Alex and his aunt looking for a parking bay.

The piece, which was originally scripted in Afrikaans, was a hit in this translation on the Edinburgh Fringe, and is ultimately carried by its humour and the strength of Kruger’s performance, which takes his audience along with him, rooting for Alex.

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