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The Unbearable Sh*teness Of Being (Modal Roberts)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

This is a bizarre piece of theatre; consisting of just over half an hour of disconnected skits, which utilise all manner of performance arts including theatre, music, beat poetry, multimedia, it’s like watching a particularly odd stream of consciousness. The variation in mood – dark at times, playful at others – is perhaps more welcome than the variation in quality. Parts of this show are ingenious, with a song examining John Peel’s true feelings on ‘Teenage Kicks’ being a real highlight. Other parts, unfortunately, just don’t work at all, jarring and coming across as too bizarre to take seriously. It’s completely original though, and quite a departure from many other Fringe shows – something for which Modal Roberts ought to be congratulated.

Paradise In The Vault, 6 – 14 Aug, 2.15pm (2.55pm), £4.00 – £5.00, fpp307.
tw rating 3/5