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Danny O’Brien: RaconTour (Danny O’Brien by arrangement with Corrie McGuire for ROAR Comedy)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Danny O’Brien inherited his uncle’s motorbike on condition that he do something with it and so, naturally, he decided to ride it to Edinburgh and make a show out of that adventure. This is sort of a travelogue, albeit with some unexpected diversions, and O’Brien is a fine comic storyteller, drawing vivid pictures and memorable characters. Less successful, awkwardly, is the story itself. A very long time is spent discussing the test to even ride the thing, then there’s a bit of knockabout rural Irishness, before an abrupt flip into a parallel, biographical story of his tangled and difficult family.
As we flip between the two, neither strand is quite resolved, nor develops as a truly satisfactory piece of storytelling.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]