Mark Little: THEbullshitARTIST
- Niki Boyle
- 13 August 2012
This article is from 2012
Mis-marketed spoken word ramble lacking in structure
Halfway through Mark Little’s rambling, hazily political spoken word show, a surly heckler is ejected. As an usher removes him, Little remarks (somewhat apologetically), ‘I guess you must’ve come to the wrong show, mate.’ From the exit, the punter replies: ‘Aye – I thought I was seeing a comedian.’
The problem is, so would most other people who had seen the poster for Little’s show, The Bullshit Artist. Spoofing The Artist, it suggests Little is a no-nonsense man-of-the-people, countering pretentiousness with honest, blokey observations. In short, they want Joe Mangel, Little’s character from Neighbours.
Unfortunately for those people, Little is not Joe Mangel. If anything, it seems like he’s trying to be Mark Thomas, but he lacks the conviction and hard facts that make Thomas’ polemics so blistering. Little hits his stride once or twice, and his attempt to spread a message of love is well-meant, but it’s not enough to make up for shambolic, under-prepared material.
Assembly George Square, 226 0000, until 27 Aug (not 8, 14), 10.20pm, £15--£16 (£13--£14).