Phil Nichol: The Weary Land
Comedic reflections on a man’s life and past mistakes
This article is from 2013.
Phil Nichol is one of the Fringe’s stalwarts. Appearing in a number of productions and stand-up routines over the years, he is easily one of the most recognisable faces in the capital during the August festivals. Anyone who doesn’t know why should see The Weary Land, while for those who have seen Nichol before, perhaps this latest production will be a little disappointing.
He sits at a table and, for roughly an hour, tells the audience stories from his life, many of which are loosely tied to the theme of identity and relationships. This production isn’t as innovative or original as previous shows, and some of the material has been covered in previous pieces, but it is still very polished, witty and insightful. It is also extremely funny.
The production still has a few rough edges, and the framing device – Nichol’s reflection on life after an explosive goes off while he’s in Afghanistan – doesn’t work because he hardly explores it. Nevertheless, The Weary Land is worth catching, if for nothing more than to hear a master monologist at work.
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