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David O’Doherty Presents Rory Sheridan’s Tales Of The Antarctica (The Invisible Dot Ltd)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2011

Watching David O’Doherty tell the story of a disastrous expedition to the Antarctic feels like having your favourite uncle – the funny one – read you a Boys’ Own adventure story. Fans of O’Doherty who come expecting his usual dry humour will be surprised and initially a little perplexed. The jokes in this story are gentle and silly, involving multitudes of cats and cabbage farts, yet despite the slow start, the tale does become genuinely gripping and ends with a surprisingly touching climax. O’Doherty – who is also performing a stand-up set at the Pleasance – is a better comedian than actor, but this play is an unexpected change in direction and the result is charming. Highly recommended for children and older adventurers.

Underbelly Cowgate, 4 – 28 Aug (not 15), 3.20pm (4.15pm), £8.50 – £10.00, fpp65.
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