Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules

Strange but substantial character comedy

In this hilariously surreal hour of solo storytelling, Stuart Bowden plays an alien called Natalie, who is on a mission to kill all humans on Earth while simultaneously finding his long lost love. Decked out in a fluffy sheepskin outfit with a pretend spaceship that he controls with his toes, Bowden's character is an awkward and irritable oddball whose story doesn't make a huge amount of sense but whose skittish temperament easily draws you in.

Our Molecules is deceptive as far as first impressions go; you expect the silly undercurrent to continue all the way through but there's substance to Bowden's strange monologues. The real pull of his bizarre cosmic narrative is his quirky and captivating comic storytelling skills, which are coupled with some sweet, lo-fi tunes that he plays on a multitude of mini instruments, encouraging the audience to join in with a mass singalong at the end.

The story may be nonsensical and chaotic at times but it comes with a heart-warming message about the state of the world today and our responsibility as humans. It's a true joy to join Stuart Bowden on this weird yet wonderful journey through the cosmos.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 20), 6.50pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).

Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules

  • 4 stars

NJC Presents Cosmic comedy kindly presented by somebody who is obviously pretending to be an alien. A new show from the internationally acclaimed master of lo-fi, off-beat, music-infused solo storytelling. This is a strangely chaotic, bewilderingly uplifting experience. With dancing, little keyboards and singalongs.