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Brennan Reece: Everlong (Live Nation in association with United Agents)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

‘Everlong’ is Brennan Reece’s affectionate tribute to his nan – force of nature, bingo buddy and spinner of tales (like her grandson, on this evidence) and, latterly, an old lady affected by dementia. The show flits between stand-up and increasingly theatrical storytelling. It’s always awkward being critical of a show centring on a bereavement, especially when that’s the bit one is criticising, but the slightly mawkish ending, whilst evidently heartfelt, didn’t quite sit right with the rest of it. Otherwise, Reece has a deft, lyrical, literary touch to his writing and, whilst the comedy material is a little uneven, he’s a good performer, sustaining a nice thread of audience interaction throughout what is a funny and at times affecting show.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]