Natalie Palamides: Nate (5 stars)

Natalie Palamides: Nate

credit. Nick Rasmussen

2017 Best Newcomer returns with a blistering show about consent

You might expect Natalie Palamides' portrayal in Nate to be a scathing one; for the eponymous character to be a parade of insufferable douchebaggery as a tool to explore the myriad shortcomings of men. It certainly starts that way. Riding in on a tiny bike, he throws his weight around and smashes the place up. Nate then cracks a raw egg directly into his mouth and chugs a can: you think you've got him figured.

Then you notice the can is a Perrier, and remember Palamides hasn't made her name in comedy by doing the obvious thing. While Nate (a character Palamides has been working on since her college days) is depicted as a confrontational bro who likes to get blasted, he's also oppressed and sensitive. Furthermore, he's totally clear on – and on board with – the sexual politics of the day, workshopping consent to hilarious effect with the (mostly keen, but in some cases deeply confused) audience. 'All you gotta do is ask,' he says, adding: 'it's that simple.'

It isn't though. An evening out takes a promiscuous turn and Nate finds himself in an unexpected position. 'Was what I did wrong?' There are a few murmurs in the audience but nothing is clear. It's an extremely uncomfortable moment, and having followed an hour of masterful, hilarious character comedy, it's an effective twist.

Palamides is sensational in this commanding and courageous hour of performance art. The comedy, both the writing and the improv, is fantastic, and the moment where Nate's perspective effortlessly shifts to that of the female is powerfully acted.

The show relies heavily on audience participation and Palamides controls it. 'I hope my message was clear,' says Nate, riding off into the sunset. This conversation has only just started. Nate is a challenging tale from Palamides who's made that difficult second album count and then some.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 13), 6pm, £11–£13 (£10–£12)..

Natalie Palamides: Nate

  • 5 stars

Soho Theatre For the first time in history, it's hard to be a man. Natalie Palamides (2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer) doesn't understand this… but Nate does. Natalie Palamides is Nate. May include: consensual touching of boobies, non-consensual mind-blowing, and Nate's hard, stretchy cock. Co-devised and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Aug

Beside

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Beside

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Beside

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

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1. Orby Bittal10 Aug 2018, 6:45pm Report

Emperors New Clothes I'm afraid.

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