The niche and ambitious Me Pregnant! is Nick Coyle's first solo show, the 'medieval-revenge-comedy' an amusing spot of theatre.
Fear and anxiety have gripped a quaint medieval village, its inhabitants convinced of a curse that rules the land. The blame beast-slayer Emeline for the sad state of affairs, her violent ways denounced. She retreats from her critics' loathing, unaware that a monster stirs, ready to exact its own vengeance.
Initially, Coyle attempts to juggle a multitude of characters, the ire of the villagers illustrated in short segments. Though his efforts are commendable, he's still just one performer at the end of the day, making for a jarring experience. Me Pregnant! really hits its stride when Coyle settles on the play's two main characters, Emeline and the monster. His portrayal of each is thoroughly entertaining.
Me Pregnant! is a fun show brimming with quirky, absurdist humor, Coyle doing well to tell his story in spite of a lack of set and props. Much of the show is driven, simply, by a wealth of exposition and body language and it works well enough. You can't help but think that Me Pregnant! would be an unquestionable triumph with an ensemble on board, though, which is it's downfall: it all seems bigger than what Coyle's lone presence can manage.
Nevertheless, Me Pregnant! is an amusing and satisfying first solo show from the wonderfully versatile Nick Coyle, with hints aplenty that the fledgling performer could be a niche festival favourite in years to come.