Review: Mawaan Rizwan: Juice at Pleasance Dome

Juice is guaranteed to be the most fun hour of your day. Mawaan Rizwan is on a journey of self-discovery in this energetic and honest show about love, liberation and sock stripteases.   

With a mum and brother on television and a dad on the radio, Rizwan is out to take back the thunder that has been stolen from him, and Juice is a storm. Rizwan describes the difficulties that come with starting out as a performer and the surreal and unexpected fame of his once disapproving family, who all owe a finder’s fee to him, having started out their celebrity careers as cameos in his wacky YouTube videos. As much as he may be bitter about this development in his families lives, Rizwan remains playful and upbeat, because it’s not only lemons that life has handed the up and coming comic, he’s even been thrown a couple of mangoes too.

Rizwan’s eccentricities command the stage while still remaining wonderfully inviting for an audience who are just trying to keep up with him. But the audience are certainly made to feel they are welcome on the journey that the extroverted Rizwan is embarking on.

Juice is embellished with lively dance numbers and original songs added into breaks in the narrative, all of which are choreographed to perfection and guaranteed to end in a robust round of applause. But like any good show, there are layers to Rizwan’s jokes, as many layers as Missy Elliot’s ‘Work It’ (expect to hear that song a lot). Juice urges its audience to feel liberated, to embrace their time on earth and live unapologetically. This skilfully crafted performance is a tribute to the power of honesty, both with ourselves and to those around us. Juice manages to expertly express this topical message all while keeping itself outrageously upbeat.

Mawaan Rizwan: Juice, Pleasance Dome, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 5.30pm

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