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Afghanistan Is Not Funny by Henry Naylor (Redbeard Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 7 August 2022

Afghanistan isn’t funny. Naylor has proof in photos taken on his 2002 trip, recounted here, and reflected in his plays set there. The show isn’t all gloom, though. Naylor is a witty raconteur, and engaging. He delivers with energy and at a pace to minimise deliberation of atrocious slides – a nod to ‘taste and decency’ given up to moving effect at the end – and the witty portrayal of a cast of characters entertains. At intervals Naylor brings in counsellor Denise who assesses his development from unconscious incompetence through to conscious competence, stages which help Naylor honestly review his professional and personal motives. (He might reconsider sharing his response to Denise’s accent). Go and see what happened on this eye-opening adventure shared with heart.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Catherine Meek]