Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything

credit: Eleanor Kelly

A delicate hour of intricate stories

Making his debut in the Fringe programme's comedy section, Wil Greenway's work remains a tricky beast to pin down. Not quite dramatic enough to sit neatly in theatre, is it really funny enough to be considered in comedy? Until they start a 'whimsical music & storytelling' section, this likeable Australian will continue to be awkward to accommodate during a month when everyone is hellbent on pigeonholing show for reasons that are both cultural and practical.

Either Side of Everything is a delicate creature, a story with warm loveliness at its heart but with the odd rough edge applied to keep you from getting too cosy. Accompanied by two vocalists, one of them gently strumming a guitar, Greenway immediately conjures up the feeling that we're in a boat on the sea, announcing that this is all just one big metaphor (the pedantic might say that if you have to tell people that you've created a metaphor then maybe it's not doing such a great job).

Over the course of this fragile and beautiful but oddly forgettable hour, Greenway tells recurring mini-tales of a beetle heading home to his family, a woman grieving for her dog, and quite a lot of figs.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 13), 2.50pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).

Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything

  • 3 stars

NJC Presents Master storyteller and perennial Fringe sell-out, Wil Greenway returns with live musicians and (hopefully) a live audience to help your human heart. Sold out 2015/16/17. Best Comedy Storytelling Act 2017 – What's on London Comedy Awards. Editor's Choice Award 2016 (ThreeWeeks). Age category: 12+