reviews

Latest reviews from various publications


 

SUPERHERO SECRET ORIGINS
★★★★ – Short.co.uk Edinburgh 2016

"It is essentially an hour long lecture on the origins of all your favourite superheroes but do not let the word lecture dissuade you, this is where his 20 years experience in comedy really shines and it’s really just the best word I could think of to describe his show. It is very funny and very well delivered with an obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter that keeps the audience interested and laughing throughout. He begins with some examples of early superhero theme songs from 60’s and earlier and asks the audience to identify them with some limited success, but it is obvious that Roper knows who is audience are and what they will identify with. He moves on to tell us about, not just the origin of your favourite superheroes but the first ever superheroes. He then takes us on a rapid journey through the politics of the comics industry, the “borrowing” of characters, the misattribution of who created who and the creation of Marvel and DC. Speeding his way through the silver age, the rivalries and the comic code at a speed at which The Flash would be proud.

I got the impression that Roper was constrained by his 55 minute runtime and would have happily kept on talking about this subject till the cows came home, if I’m honest I would happily have listened. His enthusiasm for the subject matter is infectious and his level of knowledge is staggering, if you even have a passing interest in comics and superheroes or the latest comic book movies then you should definitely check him out."

SUPERHERO SECRET ORIGINS: WOMEN IN COMICS
★★★★★ – Chocolate Ocelot Edinburgh 2016

"More of a lecture than a comedy piece - which is absolutely fine by the way. I do like a good talk about superheroes and comics. Mr Roper knows his stuff; shockingly, a little more than me, at least about the background for today's talk, which was all about Wonder Woman and her creator Dr William Moulton Marston (a name I always get mixed up). The venue and set-up wasn't ideal, as the projector on the seat next to me kept packing up, but Andrew put on a nice slide show, some cool theme tunes including the various TV versions, and a complex examination of both the character's feminist credentials and her creators' (plural intended) unconventional lifestyles. But most importantly, I was the first person in the festival to correctly identify the Superfriends theme tune from a couple of seconds of music. "Merciful Minerva!” "

SUPERHEROES for KIDS
PrimaryTimes.net

"Irreverent and laugh-aloud funny, Andrew Roper’s Superheroes for Kids includes a lot of superhero geekery that will appeal to any child obsessed with Marvel and superheroes.

Who was the first superhero? What is Spiderman’s power and can you sing the song? Better yet, it lets kids dress up as their favourite superhero and culminates in a fabulous conflict between the audience and the (child) Avengers involving coloured table tennis balls. My kids, who are friendly onlookers to superhero culture, were dubious to start with but quickly won over by the comedy. This was the least scripted show we’d seen, with (child) hecklers in the audience being answered wittily but kindly, and lots of spontaneous funniness.

The interaction with the children on stage is well-handled and funny, and the children seemed to enjoy their time in the spotlight. There’s no sexism – girls are superheroes as much as boys are, and it was a little girl in the end who managed to lift the fabled hammer of Thor that had defeated grown men from the audience. This is a perfect show for 5-12 year olds, especially, but not exclusively, those who love superheroes."

Our young reviewers said:

“I could have lifted Thor’s hammer AND the table it was on.” (Ewan, 6)

“The best bit was where the children got to vote on whether parents could stay in the room.” (Stephen, 9)