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Chain Of Trivia (Russell Clarke)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2019

This trivia-packed trip through British and American music since the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll had some of the ingredients of a good show but ultimately underwhelms. In ‘Chain Of Trivia’, Russell Clarke connected ten classic artists and bands – from Elvis to Queen. Some of the material was genuinely interesting but the rather rushed presentation failed to make it truly engaging. There was virtually no attempt at audience interaction – it felt more like a podcast than a live show. Only when Clarke paused and played a few audio clips to illustrate the narrative did it come alive – but again it was all too hasty. Given the wealth of challenging and culturally rich performances at the Fringe, this workmanlike effort does indeed feel rather trivial.

theSpace @ Surgeons’ Hall, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Charlie Ellis]