David Quirk: Approaching Perfection (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

David Quirk: Approaching Perfection

A beautiful hour of whimsical, incredibly lyrical material

Apparently Daniel Kitson has been recommending Aussie comedian David Quirk, and it's easy to see why. This is a beautiful hour of slightly whimsical, incredibly lyrical material. It's also the most poetic experience you're likely to get on the top deck of a double-decker bus, unless you're in the habit of reading Keats on the way into work of a morning.

In a gentle but neatly structured show, for which he even provides a setlist we can follow, the tales initially appear unconnected. There are disparate stories of cheap paracetamol, the sound of rain and a bizarre conversation / argument on a tram. But they begin to intermingle, narratives nimbly weaving in and out of each other.

There are moments of grace here as well as tender touches – the laid-back friendship with his mate Caz, who shares intimate details about herself with him and plays pranks on him when he's on a date, is funny and truly heartfelt. He's self-referential too, without being self-conscious, constantly drawing attention to the structure and whether he will or won't do a bit of material.

Bet you'll be checking out that rain relaxation video on YouTube after the show.

Heroes @ Bob's Blundabus, until 29 Aug, 8.15pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.

David Quirk: Approaching Perfection

  • 4 stars

David Quirk / Heroes of Fringe (PWYW) Approaching Perfection is the new film¹ by award-winning director² David Quirk. It is a thorough collection of the finest ideas and material I could muster, written and wrangled into shape on location in Midwestern towns and cosmopolitan American cities during a three month sabbatical…