Boxman (2 stars)

This article is from 2014


Edinburgh Fringe performer Ruaraidh Murray stays in his comfort zone of 'masculinity in crisis'

Brian’s wife has walked out, and he’s been fired. Lonely, mildly agoraphobic and casually paranoid, he fears that he’s at best ‘a loser’ and at worst ‘a nutter’. In reality he’s more of an under-confident soft touch with too much time on his hands, twitching apologetically around the lo-fi set like a cross between Garth from Wayne’s World and a Scottish Carrot Top. Brian has started sleeping in a cardboard box in the living room, and is also retreating deeper and deeper into the world of his imagination for comfort. Faced with such a boundless realm, Brian’s imagination seems a frustratingly landmark-less place – his fantasies extend as far as the 24-hour Asda across the road, where he conjures up a teen-fantasy-by-numbers about one of the shop assistants.

Edinburgh actor Ruaraidh Murray brought semi-confessional one-man show, Big Sean, Mikey and Me to the Fringe in 2012, also about a post-breakdown man figuring out where it all went wrong. Just as Brian could probably aim a bit higher than a four-minute walk from his flat to find redemption or even a spot of romance, it’d be fun to see what happens when Murray lets his imagination soar – and goes exploring beyond the perimeters of his comfort zone.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 25 Aug, 4.15pm, £10 (£8.50).


  • 2 stars

Ruaraidh Murray Nobody puts Boxman in the corner! A new dark comedy from the creator of the critically acclaimed shows Big Sean, Mikey and Me and Bath Time. 'Quentin Tarantino meets Irvine Welsh. Very funny' ★★★★ – Scotsman 'Firecracker of a show' ★★★★ – Herald 'Murray's bravura performance' ★★★★ – Metro 'Must see!'…