Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything
- Brian Donaldson
- 6 August 2018
This article is from 2018
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).