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A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built (The Flanagan Collective / Dominic Allen)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2016

A Common Man Ed2016

How well do you know your American revolutionary history? Dominic Allen races through the life of Thomas Paine in this well-constructed and entertaining solo show. Thomas Paine, a corset-maker by trade, became one of the founding fathers of the United States through his radical journalism. Allen’s impressions of various historical personages, including George Washington, Robespierre and Benjamin Franklin, are a highlight. He connects well with the audience through his ad-libs, and many members of the audience were vocal in their appreciation. I found it difficult to engage with the subject matter though, and thought Allen could have given an earlier and fuller explanation of why Paine is still relevant today. However, American history buffs will enjoy this show.

C Nova, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]