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Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore (Mick Perrin Worldwide)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2022

Here, renowned YouTube starlet Beckett-King delivers comic treasure more polished than the ‘internet greatest hits’ you might expect. His mermaid resemblance and Northeastern background are well-explored, launching us gently into his coastal leisure lore. Whenever you’re anticipating his wreck in the shallows of hack material – PE teachers, surnames – he re-surfaces brandishing not just one glistening punchline, but sometimes seven more. Era-spanning call-backs, call-forwards and videos are seldom clever for their own sake, but the show’s. Its satirical jabs, whether for our century or the twelfth, avoid preachiness, and Beckett-King obviously often delights in delivery. ‘Nevermore’, self-admittedly not life-changing, is nevertheless, in metaphor, never less than a master craftsman’s beautifully seaworthy vessel, expanding whimsy’s horizons ever-toward the sublime. (Almost.)

Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Richard Tyrone Jones]