Brainstorm: A method of generating ideas and sharing knowledge to solve a particular problem, in which participants are encouraged to think without interruption.
Brinestorm: A spewing out of honest, often so crazy you have to remind yourself they are true, life experiences and observations revolving around how Brine copes with her ADHD, which you haven’t a hope in hell of interrupting even if you wanted to – which you don’t.
Stepping onto the stage, this New Zealander is at full speed from the first moment, commanding the stage like a comic with far more years under her belt, making this, her debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe, a delight to witness.
As she strides around delivering jokes with what feels like equal parts chaos and planning, she shares what it is like to have to live with her brain.
As we move on in the set we are treated to a rare ‘treat’… a comedy show that uses Powerpoint.
It shouldn’t work but it really does, and Rat or Potato is a question I didn’t know I needed to ask until now, but now that I have it will be with me for the rest of my life.
One stand-out story for me was her retelling of a particular obsession with Facebook that got a little out of hand and forgotten about, until lockdown when it popped up again and resulted in an interesting twist that has everyone rolling in the aisles.
This isn’t the worst or best of it either, I won’t give anything away but let’s just say you don’t want to get on the wrong side of her as her ex-boyfriend did…
It is a non-stop barrage of laughs, and you get the impression she could take any topic and make it funny, so the fact she knows ADHD, and her brain, inside out means you get the best possible take on it.
Brainstorm is one show that you want to see if you can: Funny, clever, energetic, and, at times, questionable but hilarious life choices make this a real showcase of Alice’s talent.
Alice Brine: Brinestorm, 16.20, Gilded Ballon Teviot, Turret, August 11-15, 17-28