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Dominic Berry: I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less (Dominic Berry)

By | Published on Sunday 18 August 2019

Dominic Berry interacts with his audience before the show, which helps create a lovely communal feel for this charming and spirited performance. Berry frames the show with the ‘choose your own adventure’ books that helped him cope with his sense of differentness and isolation as a teenager, communicating his message through poetry and storytelling. It veers between unhinged and profound, but is always told with mischievous warmth. Audience interaction is integral to the performance and the intimate venue is ideal for his purposes. An attempt to connect the personal goals of the audience members through rhyming couplets is an amusing train wreck, while a political section about the grooming of consumers is particularly effective; adding real heft to an already highly creditable performance.

Zoo Playground, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Charlie Ellis]