Milo McCabe: Schiz
- Marissa Burgess
- 16 August 2013
This article is from 2013
A wonderful conceit for a character comedy show
This a wonderful conceit for a character comedy show. On a screen on stage Milo McCabe sits in ethereally white room talking to the characters in his head. They're a disparate bunch: camp actor Troy Hawke, a Glaswegian trainspotter who thinks he's Adele, McCabe's most boring Facebook 'friend' and a Grimsby fish worker with a secret obsession.
Returning to the films on screen between each character, the show is so self reflexive it begins to review itself. But where it declares a character doesn't work or is really boring, in actual fact the show doesn't drop a beat, it's beautifully written in its entirety.
Characters are nuanced; the most boring man has his involuntary noises, Hawke has his theatrical references. Other aspects are brilliantly observed, Grimsby man captures the ridiculous of nicknames that workers make up for each other in the spirit of camaraderie. Even when the comedy is simply ludicrous in the Adele character it's just plain funny.
On the day of this review the audience seemed subdued, but in fact this show deserves much much more.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug, 5pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).