Daniel Kitson - The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

This article is from 2009

Daniel Kitson

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.

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Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church' By Daniel Kitson

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When a man decides to die, he should put his business in order. He should cancel direct debits, empty the fridge, clean the house and, thinks Gregory, he should write letters.

Daniel Kitson at the Stand

Around every single thing that we know there are a billion things that we don't. This show may well be about that. But it is, as I write this, still only April. So who knows?

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