Dave Green: Melt
- Marissa Burgess
- 21 August 2018
A charming lo-fi set about fretting
Dave Green is one of life's worriers and this debut show perfectly captures that low level of anxiety that neurotics carry about with them on a daily basis. He conjures worry from a fear of letting stuff go, checking appliances are switched off, being afraid of messing up a simple task such as being the one closest to the button with the responsibility of opening a train door.
There are segues into more surreal territory too giving Melt an otherworldly feel; peculiarly, his childhood bedroom had two beds in it but he never knew why. This odd fact leads to a routine where he spends a day feeling constantly disconnected; perhaps that morning, his mum woke the pillow man that Green had created in his own bed after he swapped beds in the night. There are silly and ridiculous jaunts too, such as the gag about slugs not having affairs.
This is a lovely, low-fi set that sneaks up on you bringing some big laughs, but it overall felt as though he's still dipping a toe in to test the Fringe water. Nevertheless, Dave Green is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, until 26 Aug, 6pm, donations.