The Homesick Submarine Broadcasting Company: Kieran and the Whale
- Marissa Burgess
- 23 August 2018
A show that would benefit from embracing the daftness
Radio Caroline may have begun life on a boat but this pirate radio station has gone one step further and plumped for a submarine as their media launchpad. From the claustrophobic confines of their studio they introduce a series of disparate guests and sections: a psychic and bender of spoons, conspiracy theories and a book of the week. Meanwhile, John Whale tries to keep Kieran Rafferty to stick to playing jingles and not playing any of his songs, which of course he does and very well too.
Sadly, this show never really surfaces and both seem resigned to the fact that it has sprung a slow leak, which is a shame because it's a nicely odd idea for a piece, not to mention one with a great name. There are some laughs to be had when it embraces the daftness and there's a hint at poignancy and depth with a blackbird that turns out to not be avian at all. But ideas seem to be tossed about and then ditched with apathy with the pair seeming to lack conviction for their own idea.
Maybe once they have a rethink and a rewrite, they may well be on to something.
The Stand 4, until 26 Aug, 10.35pm, £9 (£7).