The Bravery Test (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Bravery Test

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Touching spoken-word comedy show about sibling worship

Angus Dunican is not your average stand-up. Not for him are casual observations about electrical appliances or the difference between the sexes. Instead, he litters his deeply personal story about growing up aspiring to be his brother with such astute and well-written turns of phrase, you suspect there may be a hint of spoken word performance thrown into his background as well. An endorsement from poet Luke Wright certainly doesn’t hurt on that account.

Dunican’s narrative spans his earliest memories – when his brother hauled him out of a treacherous fish pond – to his more recent challenges, including being diagnosed with kidney disease. He’s entirely energetic and personable throughout, and adept at creating a range of locales that each have some emotional resonance: his childhood home, a hospital room, the local pub toilets. That Dunican, a Free Fringe performer, is donating half of his takings to a kidney disease charity only reinforces what a thoroughly pleasant chap he is. You won’t regret spending your lunch hour in his company.

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Bravery Test

  • 4 stars

Angus Dunican / Free Festival. Angus Dunican has never been very good at being himself. In fact, the one person he would have rather been, lived in the same house as him. His older brother was always better at causing explosions, melting things and falling off stuff. This was all long before the pubs started to let him…