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Sam Simmons – Meanwhile (Gilded Balloon / Token Events)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

I’m not entirely sure what just happened at ‘Meanwhile’. I might have just seen Simmons lose it with a rowdy stag-do and then mentally disintegrate his way to the end of his show, or it might all have been an intentional part of the performance. Being ‘that kind of show’, it is hard to tell. Simmons energetically combines song, sketches, dancing, audience-victimisation and a panoply of props, so you can never predict what he’s going to do next. It’s by turns unsettling, terrifying and hilarious, but it’s always surreal: fir cones, a taco kit and a puppet llama all feature. It’s very funny, even if you don’t quite understand why.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 28 Aug, 9.15pm (10.15pm), £9.00 – £11.50, fpp146.
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