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Poetic Justice (Malcolm Head / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

It’s hard to see why Malcolm Head has decided to call this show ‘Poetic Justice’. For one thing, justice isn’t mentioned, for another the show is neither as eloquent nor dramatic as the phrase suggests. To be fair, there is definitely some poetry. The performance stumbles through unconnected, if not entirely unfunny, poems and gags. These are concise and occasionally clever and Head has a palpable, deadpan confidence which smooths over the cracks of a fairly slipshod structure. The titular poetic elements are, on the whole, more hit than miss in humour if not in resemblance to actual poetry. In sum, Head shows glimmers of proper talent, just not quite enough to put any real rhyme or reason into ‘Poetic Justice’.

The Dram House Upstairs, until 24 Aug, 3.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Ivan Kroupin]