ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Be Prepared (Matthew Bellwood)

By | Published on Friday 19 August 2011

A teller of private mythologies, Bellwood brings general significance to the insignificant moments of a life. A nice idea, sharing what he calls “dreams” to discover that others have the same dreams. Curiously, the show seems more written than performed: usage of “do not” and “cannot” doesn’t suit the oral tradition. Despite this, Bellwood performs naturally and engagingly, never boring the audience with self-indulgence; reflections upon imagination, judgements and death involve us all. Thought-provoking but not terribly profound, polished but not exciting, suggestive but not evocative, this show is a wonderfully understated glimpse into the everyday in us all. But then, you can just get that from having a chat down the pub, can’t you?

Greenside, 5 – 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 4.05pm (5.05pm), £5.50 – £7.50, fpp242.
tw rating 3/5