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Captain Amazing (Live Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 13 August 2013

At first we think it’s all a big joke: a grown man with an Essex accent and a cape, barely mentioning it as he goes about his work in B&Q. Then follows a flurry of flashbacks and he’s seen drunkenly insisting he is a superhero. (Super)boy meets girl, together they have another girl, and then life begins to get serious. As she gets ill and he falls out with her mother, things get even more complicated, and the superhero delusions get even grander. In a sublime solo performance, Mark Weinman flits between characters and accents, beneath childlike illustrations depicting his shrinking sanity. Simply moving and unmawkish, this is rightfully coming to be seen as a jewel of this Fringe.

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, until 12 Aug, 8.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [James Hampson]