Guy Montgomery: I Was Part of the Problem Before We Were Talking About It
- Lauren McKay
- 11 August 2019
This article is from 2019
A joke bloke gets woke for Fringe folk
New Zealander Guy Montgomery has realised that as a straight, white male, he has privilege, but now he's ready to do something about it. I Was Part of the Problem Before We Were Talking About It (a name which Montgomery admits he's grown less fond of over time, but it's too late to do anything about it now), is a show about personal growth, and his realisation of the part he plays in the status quo.
The concept might be very of the moment, but Montgomery brings a fresh take on it, with sardonic observations and gags interwoven with his own personal experiences of growing up in a monoculture, and the impact that's had on his interpretation of the world around him. The only note that doesn't quite hit the mark is the element of audience participation, which doesn't add much to Montgomery's material. It would be more interesting to hear him throwing in a few more of his off-kilter gags, or explore in more depth some of the deep personal themes that form the backbone of the show, such as the struggle to make friends in a new place as an adult, or measuring whether you're a good guy or not.
Assembly George Square Studios, until 25 Aug (not 14), 8.55pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).