Danny Buckler: The Phantom
Erstwhile magician comes to Edinburgh under charming new comedy guise
This article is from 2012.
Having performed as a magician in previous years, Danny Buckler returns to Edinburgh in a very different guise.
Born and raised in Woking, Buckler details the trials of growing up in a town that is less than welcoming to anyone pursuing a life as a performer. Portraying himself as something of an arts connoisseur, Buckler draws parallels between his own life experiences and The Phantom of the Opera, depicting tales of lost love and heartbreak.
Buckler's confidence as a comedian results in a routine that progresses flawlessly from start to end, and while much of the show discusses Buckler's shortcomings in life he posses a warm and charming onstage charisma that holds the audience, engaging them in each tale.
During the performance there are the occasional moments of audience interaction, and this is where Buckler's weakness is. It's the only hiccup in a performance that is otherwise intelligently written and delivered in style.
The Caves, 556 5375, until 26 Aug, 9.20pm, £8--£9.