Naughty Boy (4 stars)

Naughty Boy

Eddy Brimson's debut play is a bleak but darkly humorous tale of hedonistic violence

This is Eddy Brimson's first time writing and performing a play, but you wouldn't know it. The standup comedian with a background working in television and as a sports writer has made an assured theatre debut with Naughty Boy, a challenging and confrontational piece worth seeking out.

Brimson, who's written extensively on the subject of football hooliganism, performs the role of Joe, who regales us with his story from the canteen of a correctional facility. It's a hedonistic tale of a wild weekend gone wrong, a trip to Blackpool that unravels in a tirade of, at first, dishonesty and then violence. Brimson's message is a bleak one, that some men are just born with a nasty and destructive streak that can't be explained away. There are no medical conditions that justify certain things. Some will seek out alcohol, roll out the cocaine and embrace the fallout.

Naughty Boy succeeds on the strength of Brimson's writing. Alone with his audience for an hour he has a lot of work to do, he must shock us, make us laugh and force us to think. 'It's a challenging piece for a Wednesday afternoon', he tells us once the lights come on, and he's right. Naughty Boy is a grim examination of evil urges.

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, until 26 Aug, 3.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Naughty Boy

  • 4 stars

Eddy Brimson 'He's a wrong 'un that Joe, a proper wrong 'un.' Still, if you fling enough shit… Nature, nurture. Excuses and secrets. Us and them… A hedonistic weekend brings a chilling conclusion. Maybe Joe is more alive then we'll ever be. This one-man play will pose as many questions as it offers answers. Sometimes…

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