Edinburgh Fringe 2011
With two successful adult shows, the side splitting Dr Brown has moulded his unconventional performance methods into a fringe show for children. With next to no dialogue, he’s a master at using simple body language and signals to communicate. Dr Brown takes every day activities and turns them on their head. He manages to create a series of problems out of absolutely nothing and, with the help of the children and adults, tries to achieve his set tasks for the day.
There is a friendly tiger smiling and singing whilst playing a tune on the ukulele. His song mostly consists of the lyric “Dr Brown” but he also welcomes everyone in and his silly song is quite catchy. Dr Brown makes a spectacular entrance – the children are mesmerised, watching him as he wriggles out of a laundry bag. He crosses the stage, still in the bag, to eat a banana. Everyone, adults too, has started giggling. When he eventually appears he gives a little wave to everyone. The children like him, sighing likes he’s a pet. There is a large frieze hanging behind him. It has simple and random images on it: a house, a pram, the Swiss Alps. Without speaking he implies that these are the things he must achieve today, but we don’t know how he’s going to do it. He begins with breakfast. This triggers the most ludicrous behaviour that the audience watch like a car crash. He does everything the children know you’re not allowed to do and they are delighted. He can’t put his shoes on properly and they shriek at him with exasperation. He gives them all pleading looks because he is so harebrained. He asks a parent to help him, but proceeds to complicate the situation further and this evokes more laughter as Dr. Brown ends up being lifted up in the air by his pants. The mayhem continues, with a competition that has an element of cheating in it and a daredevil bike moment. He points out what he’s achieved on the frieze and the children nod and voice agreement about what’s occurred already and what’s still to happen.