Theatre review: Harder Please
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Harder Please at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), reviewed by David Pollock
A long and very pointed metaphor that doesn’t exactly trade in subtlety, this one-woman show will no doubt annoy and baffle many for its unashamedly lurid imagery and relentless lack of compromise. Yet that is precisely why it will appeal to just as many more people, for there is something almost guiltily enjoyable about the way actor Aimee Levey is determined to equate the most humiliating of submissive and masochistic sexual practices with the way the super-rich treat the 99 per cent.
There are many like her, she says, who have perfected the let-me-take-the-burden-for-you smile of customer satisfaction and who are permanently tuned-in to tracking down a “seeing-to opportunity”.
By turns she is like a low-rent Babestation performer and an actually very capable character actress, her monologues spiced up and enriched by some clever wordplay which conflates the dry language of Westminster, the equally clichéd jargon of pornography and her own inventive way with metaphor and description.
Queasy high points include her description of being trapped in a dungeon with Angela Merkel and David Cameron, and erotically describing a pile of bills on her doorstep (“the window sluttishly revealing the lucky recipient”). It’s not for the faint of heart, but Levey’s commitment means the lone joke lasts the course.
MORE INFO: Harder Please at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), 16 -17 August
Originally published in The Scotsman