Jamie Demetriou: People Day
Mesmerising, exquisitely performed and utterly compelling despite not quite working
This article is from 2013.
It's almost impossible to categorise this show, nevermind stick a star rating on it. It's advertised as character comedy, and although much of it isn't laugh out loud funny, what it certainly is, is exquisitely performed and utterly compelling.
The first character, Kern, is the least successful; a musician roped into the show unaware it's a comedy gig simply becomes an anti-comedian, of which there are better examples in comedy. Nevertheless he's an endearing soul. Boss-eyed Nanny, however, is as terrifying as she is brilliant, strutting about the crowd spotting her former charges. The bullied choirboy is an equal mix of juvenile and weird, and finally Michael, a failed father and desperate fella who is as disappointed in life as he is in the the drink he's just been served. Even the stage set is intriguing, with table lamps and second-hand furniture that mutter to each other between characters.
In some ways this show doesn't quite work and it's difficult to imagine quite how it could work better, but there's no doubt that, in the main, it's simply mesmerising.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 7pm, £8–£10.50 (£7–£9.50).