Nath Valvo: Not In This House (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Nath Valvo: Not In This House

Best Newcomer nominee takes big step forward with a confidently hilarious show

Nath Valvo has a question for a packed Assembly audience: 'how do you know when you're ready for the next step?' He's in his 30s and in a loving relationship, but a never-ending cycle of weddings, baby showers and the like is taking its toll. Worst of all, being Australian, Valvo isn't going to see his generosity reciprocated in wedding present form anytime soon; with gay marriage still off the table it's all give and no take.

Not In This House is a thoroughly entertaining spin on that most universal of themes, the passing of time and ageing. In the hands of Valvo, who is an absolutely electric presence on stage, it feels like a completely fresh topic. Rather than getting overly bogged down in the existential stuff, he spends a lot of time discussing how his parents are bored of him now that he's grown up, and would sooner be out in the garden or on the town than hang out with their son.

His audience interaction – cheeky, naughty and razor-sharp – provides some of the set's highlights, with rewarding callbacks galore, and Valvo, who doesn't do understated, leaves the stage in a blaze of glory after a triumphant pay-off.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug (not 15), 9pm, £10.50–£12 (£9.50–£11).

Nath Valvo – Not In This House

  • 4 stars

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