Nick Hall: Dodekahedron (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Nick Hall: Dodekahedron

A committed performance with sketches of some quality

Nick Hall presents a cavalcade of characters in this furiously paced one-man show. Dodekahedron starts strongly with a nice puncture of political party conference speeches as Hall's pretend PM exposes the pontifications, platitudes and political bullshit that typify such occasions. After a neat skewering of consumer affairs TV shows, Hall breaks into a succession of quick-fire commercials. The skits aren't especially funny, and Hall dashes between them so quickly that we're unsure if he's expecting applause. And that uncertainty prevails as the quality of Hall's sketches dips during the latter half of the show.

As the comic zips about the stage, he transitions from one scene to the next at a cracking pace, and while some of his sketches are really not up to scratch (particularly an unwieldy piece involving velociraptors who are irate at being typecast in Jurassic Park films), nothing plays on too long.

Hall is certainly a committed performer, not least during a bravura finale where he plays a colourful Halfords’ employee methodically romancing his bike. It's a remarkable sight which will likely linger in his audience's nightmares for some time to come.

Underbelly George Square, 0844 545 8252, until 31 Aug (not 19), 5.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Nick Hall: Dodekahedron

  • 3 stars

Milwaukee People's Theatre Academy Noun (Doh-dek-uh-hee-drun). Definition: A one-man character comedy from the brain of Nick Hall. As seen on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4, and star of cult night Hot Tub Cinema and hit football show Comedy Commentary. 'Brilliant' (Times). 'Side-splittingly funny' ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks).