Community Circle (3 stars)

Community Circle

credit: Gavin Black

Trevor Lock forges connections with wit and acid humour

It takes quite some skill to pull off a show that has essentially no content. But then Trevor Lock has been organising his Community Circle gatherings for several years now – and he's clearly an expert in managing proceedings. Even if, as he admits, nothing actually happens.

But that's the joy of Lock's conception. A group of people gather together, and by the end of an hour, guided by Lock's sometimes acid remarks and reflections, they become a little community. There's the troublemaker, the one with the annoying laugh, the one whose name nobody can pronounce, the one who never says anything. But by the end of Community Circle, everyone knows a little more about everyone else, and there's a little more understanding in the room.

Yes, it's a show that relies entirely on audience interaction, but Lock is a generally well-meaning, warm-hearted main man, leaping on remarks or mannerisms for microscopic examination, but with a sure sense of how far he can push things. He gets a running commentary on his performance, anyway, courtesy of note-takers among his crowd who provide their own wry assessments of how things are going.

Community Circle is both high-concept and barely there in its simplicity. It's a very funny hour, to be sure, but also one that encourages a gentle sense of empathy.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 1pm, £10 (£8).

Community Circle

  • 3 stars

Trevor Lock A social experiment? A support group for people looking to find their own comedy? 12-step meeting? Literal mind-reading show? A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? (Unless you go back the next day?) A prayer group? A waste of everyone's time and money? Those who wish to participate are free to do so, as are…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 21 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£10 (£8) / 0131 560 1581

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£10 (£8) / 0131 560 1581

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£10 (£8) / 0131 560 1581

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

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