Brennan Reece: Everlong (3 stars)

Brennan Reece: Everlong

Duncan Elliot

Endearing comedy-storytelling that feels just a little too familiar

Brennan Reece is riding pretty high after a successful 2016 Fringe. His last show, Everglow, brought him a Best Newcomer nomination in Edinburgh, a slew of TV auditions and even a trip to Melbourne. But all this success means he's been unable to spend as much time with his nan as he wants to, and she's rapidly succumbing to dementia.

Reece is a gifted storyteller and has the room rapt. His theatrical talent keeps this set going, even when the jokes don't come as thick and fast as we might like. It's an emotional tale, told against a stage that recreates his gran's living room, but Reece keeps it just on the right side of twee. Whether any of it is true is another story (there's a great moment near the start when Reece nods pretty heavily to it being untrue) but it's the telling that counts here.

It does, however, feel a little too familiar to last year's hour, a similarly emotional tale about family and identity, and elements of his audience interaction feel quite repetitive too. Still, Brennan Reece is definitely one to keep an eye on in years to come.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug, 6pm, £7.50–£10 (£7–£9.50).

Brennan Reece: Everlong

  • 3 stars

A show from the Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee.

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