Russell Kane: Smallness (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Russell Kane: Smallness

Physical fun and mind-tickling delights

Russell Kane wanted to see the ‘whites of their eyes’ for this Fringe run of Smallness in the titchiest venue he could find at the Pleasance. Lucky people in nightly clumps of 55 gained access to an act who is more used to playing in front of attendances many times bigger. Always an ideas man, this year’s theme of smallness is layered, wrapping itself around notions such as national identity (that classic British reserve), and our nostalgic-fused tendency to look back at a more modest time no matter how happy we are in the present.

The pleasure of watching Kane is in how he has worked through his theories and used them to shine a light onto his own reasonably famous life (even if he is still confused by onlookers with Radio 1’s breakfast DJ). All of the show’s elements merge in his final story of being in a threatening situation while on holiday in Thailand.

A physical comedian whose mind works at an equally active rate of knots, his piranha-sharp wit can leave you folding in its wake. But when he hits his target, there are few British comics to touch him.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 22 Aug, 9.30pm, £17.50 (£15).

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