Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy (4 stars)

Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy

A perceptive portrait of middle age and wheelie suitcases

Part way through the show, Nick Elleray states that you can't just claim wisdom these days from managing to stay alive; it's what you do that matters. Indeed it is, but it's also how you process that information and how much insight you can shine onto it. Elleray has that in abundance, providing him with a hugely perceptive take for a show that is a beautiful portrait of middle age.

Taking the quote from former Australian PM Malcolm Fraser that 'life wasn't meant to be easy' as his way of dismissing many niggles, Elleray has come to terms with the fact that he has anger issues. He's decided that he can probably change it, but it's not going to be through meditation. Elleray also touches on wider issues felt by anyone who grew up in the western world during the 70s and 80s, and looks at how much the inherent toxic masculinity in society seeps into your world view: he chooses to take it all out on wheelie suitcases.

Elsewhere there are brilliantly penned gags on the reason why John Lennon was the best Beatle, plus a look at the positive aspects of a lie-down and mangoes.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, until 25 Aug (not 12), 12.45pm, donations at the venue.

Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy

  • 4 stars

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