“16-TIME BEST-OF-FEST AWARD-WINNER Gemma Wilcox, returns with a sparkling new show, exploring unexpected twists and turns of life, love and being on the road… 23+ Characters: Human, Animal, Mythical and Steel!”
Should you see it?
Gemma Wilcox is a long time Fringe veteran and multiple award winner so it’s no surprise to say that she’s a fantastic performer. In Magical Mystery Detour, she wonderfully portrays 23 characters, not all them human. Some of my favourites include a dirty-minded tree, her Scottish automobile, a time and space travelling fly, and an incarnation of the Queen. She makes her transitions between characters seamless and unpretentious. She expects that you’ll get it, and Magical Mystery Detour flows smoothly because of her confidence and polish. She really is a marvelous performer and switches things up so regularly that you don’t have any time to get tired of watching her.
The Magical Mystery Detour comes to the play’s main character, at a point in her life where she’s stuck. Her mother has recently passed away, her boyfriend Charlie has left her, and she can’t think of anything that works as a new jingle for marmite. Her life’s a disaster. Then she receives a letter reminding her of plans her mother had made for them for witness the transit of Venus across the Sun at Land’s End. Plans that she is expected to follow through on.
Resisting at every step, she makes the trip. Along the way she runs into many small and some major detours, occasionally finding a little magic to help her along. Will she find her way and get unstuck?
Go see the play and find out. There’s a reason Gemma Wilcox is a Fringe favourite wherever she goes and that she won best of fest @ Arts Court Theatre (giving you one more chance to see her). That reason is that she’s simply fantastic.
But that’s just my opinion and I would love to know what you think? Which characters were your favourite? Have you seen Gemma Wilcox other shows in this trilogy? Join the discussion in the comments below.