Strange Face: Adventures with a lost Nick Drake recording (3 stars)

Gentle, funny storytelling about an extraordinary year

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Strange Face: Adventures with a lost Nick Drake recording

What you won't get out of Michael Burdett's show is to hear the titular lost Nick Drake recording. But, after an hour of storytelling that travels the length of the country and draws the audience into one man's passion, you won't mind.

Burdett, with his soft voice and gentle humour, recounts his tale of a year spent photographing strangers as they listen to an unheard recording of 'Cello Song'. Years after accidentally coming across the recording in a skip while working at Island Records, Burdett began a photography project (despite not owning a camera) to explore Drake's legacy in a world years from his death.

A slideshow plays as Burdett talks, displaying the photographs he captured on his journey – with a cast ranging from two year olds to 96 year olds, from tackle shop workers to past life regressionists and from Tom Stoppard to the Mighty Boosh – as they hear the recording for the first time. The images are intimate, often breathtaking.

Burdett's story aims to show that Drake's legacy as an icon for the depressed isn't as bleak as it sounds and that beauty can be found, randomly, anywhere. This moving hour of heart and passion is testament to that.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug (not 16), 3pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).

Strange Face – Adventures With a Lost Nick Drake Recording

  • 3 stars

Michael Burdett / Glynis Henderson Productions The extraordinary award-winning show about a lost Nick Drake recording rescued from the bottom of a skip returns. Michael Burdett randomly stopped 200 strangers and photographed them listening to the track. The result is a collection of photographs and stories from people…

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