Dilruk Jayasinha: The Art of the Dil
- Kenza Marland
- 16 August 2018
Hour about being our best versions very nearly hits greatness
With his infectiously wide smile, Dilruk Jayasinha brings a positive message to this year's Fringe: we're all going to die, so let's be thankful for what we've got and try to be the best versions of ourselves that we can. Sri Lanka-born Jayasinha's stand-up often refers to his fascinatingly multi-cultural and multi-religious upbringing. He's half Indian, his mother is Muslim, his father a Buddhist, and yet he was sent to a Catholic school. These facts are all recalled to the audience with an evident Aussie twang.
This has the makings of an insightful, funny show, but frustratingly it's just not quite there yet, and throughout, there are a few too many hesitations to allow the audience to truly relax. The show is in need of some editing and re-working to make it smoother in delivery.
Generally Jayasinha's call-backs work well and some of his best material is found when discussing prejudices and the relationship between India and Sri Lanka. We catch glimpses of greatness when he relaxes and stops over-thinking each line, and it's huge credit to Jayasinha's persona that you're really willing him to succeed. However, in parts the hour seems rambly, lacking in laughs and perhaps too crudely preachy in its feelgood message. This is so nearly good, but sadly needs real work and tightening up.
Assembly George Square Theatre, until 26 Aug, 7pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10).