I Can't Sleep by David O'Doherty (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

I Can't Sleep by David O'Doherty

No cure for insomnia

Next time you find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night, desperately trying to think of ways to make yourself tired, try taking a few leaves out of David O'Doherty's self-help manual for insomniacs.

Rule number one: counting sheep is just silly; they jump around too much. Try counting something boring, like tortoises or, better still, rocks. If that doesn't work, why not turn on the light and play a game, like pretending your bed's a boat drifting in shark-infested water. Too scary? How about pretending your bed's a castle? Or you could wrap your duvet round your shoulders and pretend to be a superhero . . .

There's an endearing scruffiness to this gentle show, in which O'Doherty and his long-suffering bedroom partner Maeve, leap from one game to the next in a bid to tire themselves out. Both performers have a lovely, gentle rapport with the audience and the daft banter and slapstick is frequently laugh-out-loud funny.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 25 Aug, 2.20pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).

I Can't Sleep by David O'Doherty

  • 4 stars

Everyone's favourite whimsical grown-up comic gets down with the kids in this show about how to get some shut-eye. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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