George Lewis: A Man, a Plan, a Girl With Fake Tan (3 stars)

George Lewis: A Man, a Plan, a Girl With Fake Tan

c. Richard Wood

Going from soft to simmering in a tale about a 1990s childhood

This smiling, shy guy from Stockport was never the alpha male type at school. When others played cops and robbers, little George Lewis preferred to be the Community Support Officer. So when he fell for a bolshy, drug-dealing girl with Berocca-coloured skin, he had his work cut out for him. Playing about with the cuter sides of his soft personality, and some of the darker urges running beneath it all (he reads aloud a poem by his eight-year-old self about suicide, and jokes that he's still woken by night terrors), Lewis tells a sweet, underdog tale about his efforts to woo his tangerine crush.

The simpering nerves are harnessed cleverly for laughs, and his apologetic, sometimes pathetic attempts at looking like a swaggering hardman get the crowd onside early on. Nostalgia is a big theme too, with mentions of the Spice Girls and Eminem time-travelling this story back to his formative years in the 90s. It would be good to see what happens if he took the exaggerated dweeb side even further and amped up the simmering rage too. But it's still a very entertaining tale, told politely by the often-mocked owner of a pet stick insect called Trevor.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 5.45pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).

George Lewis: A Man, a Plan, a Girl With Fake Tan

  • 3 stars

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