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Follow me on Twitter at MarkFFisher, WriteAboutTheat and LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The One Man Show, theatre review

Late-night high-tech deconstruction with Jaffa Cakes +++==
So post-modern it hurts, The One Man Show is a piece of theatre about watching a piece of theatre. It has a mysterious start, a set of emotional states, a philosophical moment where we cough and eat sweets, a cheesy musical interlude and a point when we clap. It even has an interval in which actor Nigel Barrett hands out cherries, Jaffa Cakes and Babybels.
Created by Barrett and Louise Mari of cult London company Shunt Lounge, and playing to a rowdy and appreciative late-night audience, the show picks apart the conventions of actorly pretence and lays them bare in a high-tech theatrical cabaret. In Fringe terms, it is done with impressive technical flair with its multiple-screens, projections, captions, extreme lighting states and abrasive soundscapes. Barrett is a strong enough actor not to get lost amid the cacophony, holding us with his controlled, ironic performance.
It's impressive stuff, but the emptiness at its heart means it doesn't get beyond the navel-gazing to turn the tables on the audience in the way John Clancy's similarly deconstructed *3The Event*2 did a couple of years ago. (Mark Fisher)
C, 0845 260 1234, Until 29 Aug (not 15), 12am, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). 

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