Daniel Kitson - The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church
This article is from 2009.
Sit-down monologue and masterful stand-up from Yorkshire maverick
The Fringe has a template for restless comedians with an urge to do serious drama. Find a popular play, call your stand-up pals and throw the show on with a no-frills budget. This year, Bruce Morton and Phil Nichol are doing just that with a revival of Gregory Burke’s Gagarin Way at The Stand. Daniel Kitson, on the other hand, is not a man who abides by templates. This is the stand-up who will happily – and hilariously – improvise his way beyond his 90-minute time slot at The Stand, yet will refuse to play weekends because he can’t be doing with the raucous audiences.
His approach to theatre is equally singular. Since A Made Up Story in 2003, the hirsute 32-year-old has established a late-night niche at the Traverse, performing bitter-sweet monologues that throw poetry and poignancy into the comedic mix. The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church is about a man who, having decided it’s time to die, sets about putting his affairs in order and writing letters. It follows Stories for the Wobbly Hearted, a compendium of tales of everyday love and loss, C90, a homage to the humble compilation tape, and last year’s 66a Church Road, the true-life story of leaving a much-loved flat behind.
The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church, Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 0131 228 1404, 7–30 Aug (not 10, 17, 24, 29), 10.15pm, £14–£16 (£5–£11). Preview 6 Aug, £10 (£5); Daniel Kitson, The Stand, York Place, 0131 558 7272, 9–30 Aug (not 14&15, 21&22, 28&29), 11.59pm, £10.