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Kev Orkian – The Guilty Pianist

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

Some molto vivace piano medleys are plonked out. Yet there is actually not much piano involved: the set is a series of cheap shots at immigrants, gays, the Swahili language, and Essex – just like in the good old 1950s. Orkian’s puncturing of classical airs – falling asleep on ‘Moonlight Sonata’ or yelling “BOGEY!” – is charming, as is his character’s brusqueness (though it’s always directed at women). Impressively, he manages to be both camp and blokish. The brief show’s highlight is his comparative history of Western and “Armenian” dancing, where Orkian demonstrates a flair for movement. But this generally feels like a showcase for a longer, older show: it aims for Dudley Moore and ends up gently a bore.

SpaceCabaret at 54, 10 – 27 Aug, 7.05pm (7.50pm), £10.00 – £12.00, fpp160.
tw rating 2/5