Richard Todd (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

Richard Todd

credit: Sun Lee

A show and an act that is frayed around the edges

Prior to this debut, we've only seen flashes of Richard Todd's inventive, slightly surrealist mind. Having impressed in competitions (he won the Amused Moose Laugh Off in 2012 as well as being runner-up in others), he has a chance here to explore the possibilities of a full show, and within it Todd creates some lovely, bewitching images with which to depict his world. It's a life as told by a likeable, slightly dishevelled, corkscrew-haired poet

The onstage, somewhat despondent Todd 'persona' claims to have ditched the novel he's been trying to write in favour of vacuuming the dusty nooks of his flat. But the real-life Todd has channelled his love of words to create a lyrical tale of heartbreak played out over traditional Greek dishes, the anthropomorphised vacuum cleaner which is now his only companion, and his competitive, shelf-loving twin brother David.

It's a lushly related, off-kilter world that Todd struggles to make sense of. A little like the man himself, the show is still a little frayed about its edges but with some tweaks it has great potential.

Laughing Horse @ the Cellar Monkey, until 28 Aug (not 15), 3.45pm, free.

Richard Todd

Winner of Amused Moose Laugh-Off and 'flibbertigibbet', Richard Todd presents new work.