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The Bridge (Benjamin Scheuer)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

From tales of his childhood cookie tin banjo all the way through death, love and surviving cancer, ‘The Bridge’ is at once charmingly boyish and disarmingly brutal in its honesty. Performing their quietly told yet potent autobiographical tale, Ben and his guitar instantly welcome you, like a friend, into an intimate portrait of his frighteningly real story. Whilst not especially startlingly unique in vocals or style, the show’s mellow folk rhythms, sometimes jumping into swaggering jazz or a punchy Beatles-esque tune, neatly knit together this often uncomfortable narrative. Dropping into repetitious refrains at its lower moments, this show is at its best when Ben assaults his guitar, his head of curls thrashing all over as he smashes out his life-story with exhausting frankness.

C nova, until 26 Aug, 9.05pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Katharine Wootton]