The Bravery Test
Touching spoken-word comedy show about sibling worship
This article is from 2013.
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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