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The Bread And The Beer (Tristan Bernays)

By | Published on Friday 30 August 2013

This is talent. Tristan Bernays exemplifies a modern day bard, devising and telling an epic poem of an Ancient God, John Barleycorn, awakening in contemporary London. Revolted by its grey and lifeless state, Barleycorn frees people and gives colour to their life. Telling this from a pub setting gives a feeling of tremendous authenticity, with Bernays directing the story to every person in the audience. This, coupled with the ease with which he uses his heightened vocabulary, allows you to fall into the story, and become immersed in the character transformations, dialogue and imagery; visualising each with ease. This really is a masterpiece of a one man show; a tale I plead you must witness.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 2.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Christopher Spring]