Scott Agnew proves himself as storyteller with eye for absurd
- Peggy Hughes
- 8 August 2010
This article is from 2010
Devilish entertainer with broad appeal
Powerhouse Scott Agnew returns to the Fringe with this seamlessly laidback and funny narrative about the lengths he – and by extension, we – have gone to for love. This popular ‘anti-queen Glasgow poof’ isn’t squeamish when it comes to dissecting odd scenarios he’s encountered while on the hunt, including a cast of overweight fag hag third wheels, tramps and Glasgow-Cantonese parlaying neds, with particularly astute insight into the dexterity of swearing in his home town.
Agnew’s particular skill lies in bringing a boozed-up and unsuspecting audience along for the ride; his schtick has broad appeal, with one eye on the tabloid-reading fraternity with cheap gags about Paul Gascoigne and Raoul Moat, the other evoking empathy among anyone who’s ever done something foolish for love. He manages to combine an ex-journalist’s nose for a story and the fabled Glasgow banter to powerful effect, spinning a tale and dragging it out. Relaxed and adaptable, this show confirms Scott Agnew as a consummately entertaining storyteller with a devilish eye for the absurd detail.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 16), 11.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).