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Aidan Goatley Is On The Mend (Aidan Goatley / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Friday 9 August 2013

Aidan Goatley performs a confident stand-up show which runs along observational lines, with particular focus on British politeness and repression. His decency and goodwill shine through, but many of his 80’s/c-list English reference gags fall flat for an international audience. Neither of his advertised themes – mental health and films – dominate, with more gags about manners and school life, but the section where they do appear is touching. Ultimately, his show is about taking control and raising oneself after a trauma, and though neither subject lends itself well to comedy, he nevertheless performs a sweet, funny, and happy-making show. Definitely one of the better free comedy gigs this reviewer has seen at the Fringe so far.

The Voodoo Rooms, until 25 Aug, 6.05pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Jasmine Faller]