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Bennett Arron: I’ve Never Told Anyone This (Bennett Arron)

By | Published on Thursday 23 August 2018

The biggest revelation in this supposedly revelatory show is the absence of revelation. Arron assures us everything he says is true, but his truth is not exactly earth-shattering – it’s more like a wedding speech. He claims to have sought legal advice and permission, but the anonymity of his subjects and the lack of specifics makes you wonder why. Tellingly, the audience’s confessions are often more daring. Another surprise is that rather than being full of gossip, large sections of the show are simply observational routines. He is an engaging presence, a master of the afterthought and a compelling storyteller, but the jokes distract from the facts, making it difficult to take the leap of faith required to fully invest in his stories.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Murray]