Ben Brailsford (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Ben Brailsford

Self-confessed geek let down by repetitive material

A bungling monologue this from a self-confessed geek and bassoonist, detailing his misfortune at being wrongly accused of aggravated trespass during the recent anti-cuts protests in London. His material is repetitive and the searing insignificance of his plight in the face of current turbulences is excruciating. Recorded musical interludes provide respite from this young performer’s harmless, yet monotonous, endeavour.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug (not 22), 3.25pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Ben Brailsford - My Fortnum and Mason Hell

  • 2 stars

On 26 March 2011 classical bassoonist Ben Brailsford participated in a peaceful protest at an upmarket London grocer. He was arrested and held in a police cell for 24 hours. The police gave him boiled potatoes and baked beans, and a three-day-old copy of the Sun. (Eventually they gave him some toilet paper.) Finally, he…

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