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King Of Scotland (Glasgow Actors)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2011

Taking the form of rants at the end of each of his days, this comically tragic one-man play tells the story of a terminally unemployed man named Tommy, who is given a job by the government as a publicity stunt, only for his mind to unravel as he is shunned by his colleagues. It’s wonderfully performed by Jonathan Watson, who extracts laughs amid the tragedy with pleasingly idiosyncratic dialogue flourishes and a real knack for weaving a yarn. The tone darkens in the second act – perhaps too much for something billed as ‘comedy theatre’ – but the intriguing story of a descent into madness with some jabs at the apathetic political structure we live in keeps it interesting.

Assembly Hall, 4 – 28 Aug (not 8, 22), 2.00pm (3.00pm), £9.00 – £12.00, fpp273.
tw rating 4/5