Andy Bridge: AART (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

Andy Bridge: AART

An artful endeavour that brings a crowd truly together

We're all going on an art journey (sorry, that's an AART journey) with aartist Mikey (Andy Bridge), to discover ourselves and realise our true potential. It's a familiar theme and not one that's hugely brimming with fantastic gags but, nevertheless, by the end we've all bonded, promised we won't lose touch and leave with smiles on our faces.

Mikey, from New Zealand (or NZ as he likes to call it), strides about with a man-bun proud on his forehead, a shiny blue thing covering his PE kit (and arse crack), and generally talking us into all manner of audience interaction while he occasionally munches on a packet of Space Raiders. But don't worry, it's interaction of the warm and fuzzy kind: getting us to mime our feedback on his workshop and make a 'Mikey pie' while half the crowd are enticed into recreating one of Da Vinci's finest works.

It might not be laugh a minute stuff, but the general feeling of jovial togetherness which Bridge creates is certainly impressive. Plus you get to play with clay and exit the venue in a manner you probably have never done before.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug, 4.30pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).


  • 3 stars

Andy Bridge Journey into the what, where, how and now of AART, with New Zealand's favourite aartist Mikey. AART is an art workshop like no other. 'A show that makes me laugh, feel good and leaves my nostrils filled with that reassuring smell of plasticine is just about the greatest thing ever' ★★★★ (Skinny). As featured…