Adam Rowe: Undeniable (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Self-aware and reflective set from a rising name

It seems that Adam Rowe's star is on the rise. Granted this was a Saturday night, but some of the people who didn't secure their seat by buying a ticket were turned away from the big cave at Just the Tonic. That's a lot of people. Rowe has been a reliable fixture on the north-west England comedy scene and beyond for a few years now and this hour proves why, as he keeps the gag rate up throughout.

He takes us on a thoughtful meander through his life via a relationship with his girlfriend who isn't 'The One' but he still loves her to bits. Then there's his tough background with parents who both drank, and his lazy eye that became bionic with a little help from an imaginative surgeon.

There's no single grand theme here but several threads which weave throughout the show exploring class, love and the motivating power of fear. Rowe depicts a clash of cultures between him and his girlfriend: a confident middle-class girl from a twee village contrasts nicely with his savvy city wisdom and paranoia. Plus there's an endearing heart-on-his-sleeve honesty in Rowe's self-awareness, checking himself if what he's said seems a little bit sexist or – heaven forfend – vegan-ist.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, until 26 Aug (not 13), 7.40pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

  • 3 stars

Adam Rowe presents his new show about his working-class roots.