Nick Revell: BrokenDreamCatcher (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Nick Revell: BrokenDreamCatcher

Anarchic and erudite fantasy storytelling

What starts as one middle-aged man's entertaining look at his own personal yin and yang tendencies – from the combative style he had in the past to the more 'tai chi and hummus' approach he takes nowadays – develops into an absolutely outstanding piece of dystopic, Jungian fantasy storytelling.

The delivery alone is pretty staggering as his monologue becomes progressively more dense and hallucinogenic as the pace gets faster (some might recognise his voice from The Nick Revell Show, his surreal 90s Radio 4 sitcom). But the writing too, is a fetid, far-fetched JG Ballard-style fairytale, where there's traffic congestion on the astral plane, Revell bonds unexpectedly with Gwyneth Paltrow at a pub quiz in a London bar, then casually helps reinstate LGBT rights to Russia after wrestling bears with Putin in Siberia.

The fact that Angela Merkel has taught herself English through listening to The Archers and now sounds like a rough and ready Yorkshireman, or that Paltrow now runs a chain of opticians called 'Society of the Spectacle' are just two of the myriad details why this is a glorious piece of esoteric, literary fiction, finding a fun route into anarchic, erudite comedy.

The Stand 4, until 26 Aug (not 13), 3.35pm, £10 (£9).

Nick Revell: BrokenDreamCatcher

Satirical surreal stories in the style of his R4 series BrokenDreamCatcher.