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Message In A Bottle – David Bottomley’s Tribute To Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs (Captain Bottomley And His Log)

By | Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012

To a soundtrack of cawing seagulls, gently lapping waves and Eric Coates’s ‘By The Sleepy Lagoon’, David Bottomley steps out onto his desert island and invites his audience to share in the music that shaped his life. A self-confessed ‘’nice guy’’, Bottomley is endearingly geeky and enthusiastic, using the premise of the long-running radio show as a vehicle for his dreamy poetic monologues and animated encounters with characters from his childhood. Naturally, it’s a format that works – ‘Desert Island Discs’ wouldn’t be one of the longest-running radio shows in history otherwise. As a result, though amusing and sometimes poignant, ‘Message In A Bottle’ is far from ground-breaking. It is, like its creator and inspiration, simply nice.

Sweet Grassmarket, 2-26 Aug (not 18, 25), 6.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rebecca Low]