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Deal With The Dragon (First Sprout Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016

Deal with the Dragon Ed2016

If a gay German dragon offered to handle the difficult things in your life, you’d say yes, right? Frustrated artist Hunter did, and in Kevin Rolston’s one-man show he has to live with the consequences. Writer and actor Rolston skilfully draws distinctive and memorable characters, and in the standout scene, where Hunter’s art rival Gandy tells his rehab story, he is simply superb. His Gandy is endearing but pitiful, funny but mannered – a mess of deeply human contradictions whom I could have watched for an hour. The show itself is similar parts flawed and admirable: its story is delightfully weird, but overly digressive and doesn’t quite fill its seventy minutes. Still, Rolston’s skill as an actor should not be understated.

C Nova, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]